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Finance Act 2002

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Application of accounting methods

6(1)Section 86 is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (3) (method to be used where basis used in statutory accounts is, or equates to, an authorised accounting method) after paragraph (b) insert—

but this subsection is subject to subsections (3A) and (3D) below.

(3)After subsection (3) insert—

(3A)If, in the case of a company falling within subsection (8)(c) or (d) below, an authorised mark to market basis of accounting—

(a)would be used as respects some or all of the company’s loan relationships, were the company a UK company following generally accepted accounting practice, but

(b)is not the basis of accounting used as respects those loan relationships in the company’s statutory accounts,

the company may elect to use an authorised mark to market basis of accounting as its authorised accounting method for the purposes of this Chapter in relation to every loan relationship as respects which that basis would be used if the company were a UK company following generally accepted accounting practice.

(3B)Any election under subsection (3A) above—

(a)must be made before the expiration of the period of two years following the end of the company’s first accounting period beginning on or after 1st October 2002 in which it is party to a loan relationship in relation to which such an election may be made;

(b)has effect for that accounting period and all subsequent accounting periods of the company; and

(c)is irrevocable.

(3C)A company which makes an election under sub-paragraph (3A) above as respects its loan relationships shall be taken for the purposes of Schedule 26 to the Finance Act 2002 (derivative contracts) to have at the same time made an election under sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 19 of that Schedule having effect—

(a)for the accounting periods mentioned in subsection (3B)(b) above, and

(b)as respects any derivative contracts to which the company is or may become party in any of those accounting periods,

and that election shall so have effect notwithstanding anything in paragraph (a) or (b) of sub-paragraph (3) of that paragraph.

(3D)If, in the case of a company falling within subsection (8)(c) or (d) below which has not made an election under subsection (3A) above,—

(a)an authorised mark to market basis of accounting would be used for an accounting period—

(i)as respects some or all of the company’s loan relationships, and

(ii)as respects some or all of the company’s derivative contracts,

were the company a UK company following generally accepted accounting practice, and

(b)that basis of accounting—

(i)is used in the company’s statutory accounts as respects those derivative contracts for that accounting period, but

(ii)is not the basis of accounting used in those accounts as respects those loan relationships for that accounting period,

the company must for that accounting period use an authorised mark to market basis of accounting as its authorised accounting method for the purposes of this Chapter in relation to every loan relationship as respects which that basis would be used if the company were a UK company following generally accepted accounting practice..

(4)In subsection (4) (authorised accruals basis to be used where authorised accounting method not determined under subsection (3)) for “determined under subsection (3) above,” substitute the following paragraphs—

(a)a method determined under subsection (3) above,

(b)an authorised mark to market method in accordance with an election under subsection (3A) above, or

(c)an authorised mark to market method in accordance with subsection (3D) above,.

(5)In subsection (7) (meaning of “fair value”) the words from ““fair value”” onwards become a separate definition and after that definition insert the following definition—

“UK company” means a company incorporated or formed under the law of a part of the United Kingdom..

(6)In subsection (8) (meaning of “statutory accounts” in the section) for “In this section” substitute “In this Chapter”.

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