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Income and Corporation Taxes Act 1988

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78Discounted bills of exchange

(1)This section applies in any case where—

(a)a bill of exchange drawn by a company is or was accepted by a bank and discounted by that or any other bank or by a discount house; and

(b)the bill becomes or became payable on or after 1st April 1983; and

(c)the discount suffered by the company is not (apart from this section) deductible in computing the company’s profits or any description of those profits for purposes of corporation tax.

(2)Subject to subsection (3) below, in computing, in a case where this section applies, the corporation tax chargeable for the accounting period of the company in which the bill of exchange is paid, an amount equal to the discount referred to in subsection (1)(c) above shall be allowed as a deduction against the total profits for the period as reduced by any relief other than group relief and, except for the purposes of an allowance under section 338(1), that amount shall be treated for the purposes of the Corporation Tax Acts as a charge on income.

(3)Subsection (2) above shall not apply if the discount is not ultimately suffered by the company and shall not apply unless—

(a)the company exists wholly or mainly for the purposes of carrying on a trade; or

(b)the bill is drawn to obtain funds which are wholly and exclusively expended for the purposes of a trade carried on by the company; or

(c)the company is an investment company.

(4)Where an amount falls to be allowed as mentioned in subsection (2) above, there may be deducted, in computing the profits or gains of the company to be charged under Case I of Schedule D, the incidental costs incurred on or after 1st April 1983 in securing the acceptance of the bill by the bank; and those incidental costs shall be treated for the purposes of section 75 as expenses of management.

(5)For the purposes of subsection (4) above “incidental costs” means fees, commission and any other expenditure wholly and exclusively incurred for the purpose of securing the acceptance of the bill.

(6)In this section “bank” means a bank carrying on a bona fide banking business in the United Kingdom and “discount house” means a person bona fide carrying on the business of a discount house in the United Kingdom.

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