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Finance Act 2002

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Credits and debits brought into account

15(1)The credits and debits to be brought into account in the case of any company in respect of its derivative contracts shall be the sums which, in accordance with an authorised accounting method and when taken together, fairly represent, for the accounting period in question—

(a)all profits and losses of the company which (disregarding any charges or expenses) arise to the company from its derivative contracts and related transactions; and

(b)all charges and expenses incurred by the company under or for the purposes of its derivative contracts and related transactions.

(2)The reference in sub-paragraph (1)(a) to the profits and losses arising to a company does not include a reference to any amounts required to be transferred to the company’s share premium account.

(3)The reference in sub-paragraph (1)(a) to the profits and losses arising to a company includes—

(a)a reference to any profits or losses which, in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice, are carried to or sustained by any reserve maintained by the company, and

(b)a reference to any forward premiums or discounts which arise from a derivative contract whose underlying subject matter consists wholly or partly of currency and which, in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice, are brought into account as profits or losses.

(4)The reference in sub-paragraph (1)(b) to charges and expenses incurred for the purposes of a company’s derivative contracts and related transactions does not include a reference to any charges or expenses other than those incurred directly—

(a)in bringing any of those contracts into existence;

(b)in entering into or giving effect to any of those transactions;

(c)in making payments under any of those contracts or in pursuance of any of those transactions; or

(d)in taking steps for ensuring the receipt of payments under any of those contracts or in accordance with any of those transactions.

(5)Where—

(a)any charges or expenses are incurred by a company for purposes connected—

(i)with entering into a derivative contract or related transaction, or

(ii)with giving effect to any obligation that might arise under a derivative contract or related transaction,

(b)at the time when the charges or expenses are incurred, the contract or transaction is one into which the company may enter but has not entered, and

(c)if that contract or transaction had been entered into by that company, the charges or expenses would be charges or expenses incurred as mentioned in sub-paragraph (4),

those charges or expenses shall be treated for the purposes of this Schedule as charges or expenses in relation to which debits may be brought into account in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(b) to the same extent as if the contract or transaction had been entered into.

(6)Where—

(a)different authorised accounting methods are used for the purposes of this Schedule as respects the same derivative contract for different parts of the same accounting period or for successive accounting periods, and

(b)an amount is brought into account for the purposes of the company’s statutory accounts in respect of the change of method,

that amount shall be taken for the purposes of this Schedule to be included among the sums in respect of which credits and debits fall to be brought into account for the purposes of this Schedule in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(a).

(7)In this Schedule “related transaction”, in relation to a derivative contract, means any disposal or acquisition (in whole or in part) of rights or liabilities under the derivative contract.

(8)The cases where there shall be taken for the purposes of sub-paragraph (7) to be a disposal or acquisition of rights or liabilities under a derivative contract shall include—

(a)those where such rights or liabilities are transferred or extinguished by any sale, gift, surrender or release, and

(b)those where the contract is discharged by performance in accordance with its terms.

(9)This paragraph has effect subject to paragraph 16.

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