connected companies

Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 3:45 pm ar 5 Gorffennaf 2016.

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Amendments made: 25, in clause 90, page 145, line 33, leave out subsections (1) to (3) and insert—

‘(1) Two or more companies which are not charities form a “company unit” for a tax year (and are the “members” of that unit) if—

(a) they are connected with one another at the beginning of the tax year, and

(b) each of them is entitled to a levy allowance for the tax year.

(2) The members of a company unit must determine what amount of levy allowance each of them is to be entitled to for the tax year (and the determination must comply with subsections (3) and (3A)).

But see subsections (3C) and (3H).

(3) A member’s levy allowance for a tax year may be zero (but not a negative amount).

(3A) The total amount of the levy allowances to which the members of a company unit are entitled for a tax year must equal £15,000.

(3B) A determination made under subsection (2) (with respect to a tax year) cannot afterwards be altered by the members concerned (but this does not prevent the correction of a failure to comply with subsection (3A)).

(3C) If subsection (3E) applies—

(a) HMRC must determine in accordance with subsection (3D) what amount of levy allowance each of the relevant members (see subsection (3E)(a)) of the unit concerned is to be entitled to for the tax year, and

(b) accordingly subsection (2) is treated as never having applied in relation to that company unit and that tax year.

(3D) The determination is to be made by multiplying the amount of levy allowance set out in each relevant return (see subsection (3E)(a)) by—

where T is the total of the amounts of levy allowance set out in the relevant returns.

The result is, in each case, the amount of the levy allowance to which the relevant member in question is entitled for the tax year (but amounts may be rounded up or down where appropriate provided that subsection (3A) is complied with).

(3E) This subsection applies if—

(a) HMRC is aware—

(i) that two or more members of a company unit (“the relevant members”) have made apprenticeship levy returns (“the relevant returns”) on the basis mentioned in subsection (3F), and

(ii) that those returns, together, imply that the total mentioned in subsection (3A) is greater than £15,000,

(b) HMRC has notified the relevant members in writing that HMRC is considering taking action under subsection (3C), and

(c) the remedial action specified in the notice has not been taken within the period specified in the notice.

(3F) The basis in question is that the member making the return is entitled to a levy allowance (whether or not of zero) for the tax year concerned.

(3G) If any member of the company unit mentioned in subsection (3E)(a) is not a relevant member, that member is entitled to a levy allowance of zero for the tax year.

(3H) If subsection (3J) applies—

(a) HMRC must determine in accordance with subsection (3I) what amount of levy allowance each of the members of the unit concerned is to be entitled to for the tax year, and

(b) accordingly subsection (2) is treated as never having applied in relation to that company unit and that tax year.

(3I) Each member of the unit is to be entitled to a levy allowance for the tax year equal to—

where N is the number of the members of the company unit for the tax year.

Amounts determined in accordance with the formula in this subsection may be rounded up or down where appropriate provided that subsection (3A) is complied with.

(3J) This subsection applies if—

(a) the total amount paid by the members of a company unit in respect of apprenticeship levy for a tax year or any period in a tax year is less than the total of the amounts due and payable by them for the tax year or other period concerned,

(b) either the members of the unit have made no apprenticeship levy returns for any period in the tax year concerned or the returns that have been made do not contain sufficient information to enable HMRC to determine how the whole of the £15,000 mentioned in subsection (3A) is to be used by the members of the unit for the tax year,

(c) HMRC has notified all the members of the unit in writing that HMRC is considering taking action under subsection (3H), and

(d) the remedial action specified in the notice has not been taken within the period specified in the notice.

(3K) Subsection (3A) is to be taken into account in calculating the total of the amounts due and payable as mentioned in subsection (3J)(a).

(3L) The Commissioners may by regulations provide that in circumstances specified in the regulations the members of a company unit may alter a determination made under subsection (2) (despite subsection (3B)).

(3M) In this section “apprenticeship levy return” means a return under regulations under section 94(4).”

Amendment 26, in clause 90, page 146, line 1, leave out “section” and insert “Part”—(Mr Gauke.)

Clause 90, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 91