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Television Production Company Manual

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Losses: transfer of trade

S940B-S953 Corporation Tax Act 2010 (CTA 2010)

The rules on transfers of trades in CTA 2010 do not apply to transfers of television programme trades between companies in common ownership.

The legislation in CTA 2010 prevents the trade from being treated as permanently discontinued in the hands of the first company and a new trade starting in the hands of the second company. Instead, the second company is treated as succeeding to the trade of the first company.

The television tax regime permits only one company to be the Television Production Company (TPC) in relation to a programme and treats the activities of that company in relation to each programme as a separate trade.

As a result, once a programme trade has commenced it is impossible for a second company to succeed to the trade in relation to the programme. The rules in CTA 2010 do not apply.

Where a TPC carries on a trade in relation to a qualifying programme and that trade ceases, it may be able to pass any losses on to:

  • another trade in relation to a qualifying programme that it is carrying on at the time of the cessation, or
  • to another trade in relation to a qualifying programme that another group company is carrying on at the time of the cessation.

See FPC30040 for details.