Taxation: examples 1 and 2: one-period and two-period productions
The following two examples illustrate how Part 15A Corporation Tax Act 2009 applies in calculating the profits/losses for the separate programme trade of a Television Production Company (TPC) producing a programme over one and two accounting periods.
In the examples, none of the costs are disallowed under the Taxes Acts.
A TPC is commissioned by a broadcaster to make a television programme for an agreed budget of £1.52m and agrees to sell all the rights in the programme to the broadcaster for £1.55m. The television programme is completed within a single accounting period. The programme is not eligible for Television Tax Relief but the tax regime for calculating the profits and loss of a TPC nevertheless applies.
For tax purposes the TPC’s profit from the trade of producing the programme is £30k (£1.55m - £1.52m).
The situation is similar to Example 1 but the programme takes longer to complete.
A TPC is commissioned by a broadcaster to make a programme for an agreed budget of £1.52m and agrees to sell all the rights in the programme to the broadcaster for £1.55m. At the end of the first accounting period the TPC has spent £1m, and in the second it spends a further £5.2m. The programme is not eligible for TTR but the tax regime for calculating the profits and loss of a TPC nevertheless applies.
The profits in each accounting period are calculated as follows:
|Expenditure incurred by end of period||£1m||Out of total expected costs of £1.52m|
|Income treated as earned by end of period||£1.02m||Expected total income of £1.55m. The extent to which this is allocated to Period 1 mirrors the extent to which total expected costs fall within Period 1.|
|£1.02m = £1.55m x £1m/£1.52m|
|Expenditure incurred by end of period||£1.52m|
|Increase in expenditure incurred over previous period||£0.52m||£1.52m less £1m|
|Income treated as earned by end of period||£1.55m|
|Increase in income treated as earned over previous period||£0.53m||£1.55 less £1.02m|