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HMRC internal manual

Oil Taxation Manual

PRT: allowable field expenditure - specifically excluded expenditure: payments to obtain a licence (other than to Secretary of State)


Under OTA75\S3(4)(e), any payment to obtain a direct or indirect interest in oil won or to be won from the field is disallowable unless it is made to the Secretary of State. This precludes any allowance for a premium or similar payment paid by a participator to purchase a share, or increase an existing share, in the production from a field.

OTA75\S3(4)(e) is also relevant to changes in licence interests in a field and to farm-ins. However, in respect of the latter, it is not applied to any consideration in the form of a work obligation undertaken by the farmer-in. Costs incurred by the farmer-in in fulfilling the work obligation will qualify for relief. Consideration other than work obligations will not qualify.

The subsection does not apply to a payment made by a participator in pursuance of a contract whereby expenditure is shared between the participator and any of the other participators in the field. This covers the Responsible Person’s relationship with participators and redetermination payments.