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Finance Act 2002

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Election to treat contract as two assets

48(1)This paragraph applies to a relevant contract of a company if it would, but for an election under this paragraph, be a derivative contract to which paragraph 7 applies.

(2)Where this paragraph applies to a relevant contract of a company, the company may elect that its relevant contract shall be treated for the purposes of the Corporation Tax Acts as if it were—

(a)a creditor relationship of the company which is a relevant zero coupon bond, and

(b)an option of the company whose underlying subject matter is the same as the underlying subject matter of the relevant contract to which this paragraph applies.

(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2) a relevant zero coupon bond is a zero coupon bond—

(a)issued at the time when the consideration for entering into, or acquiring, the relevant contract to which this paragraph applies was payable by the company,

(b)falling to be redeemed—

(i)on the date on which that relevant contract falls to be performed, or

(ii)in a case where that relevant contract may fall to be performed on more than one date, on the date which is the last of those dates, and

(c)issued at a price equal to the amount that would have been the market value of a zero coupon bond—

(i)issued at that time,

(ii)falling to be redeemed on that date or, as the case may be, on that last date, and

(iii)producing, by the time of its redemption, an amount equal to the amount which is the guaranteed amount in relation to that relevant contract.

(4)The only accounting method authorised for the purposes of Chapter 2 of Part 4 of the Finance Act 1996 (c. 8) for use by a company as respects a creditor relationship arising under sub-paragraph (2)(a) shall be an authorised mark to market basis of accounting.

(5)None of paragraphs 6 to 8 shall apply to an option arising under paragraph (2)(b).

(6)For the purposes of giving effect to sub-paragraph (2) all such apportionments as are just and reasonable shall be made.

(7)An election under sub-paragraph (2) in relation to a relevant contract—

(a)may only be made within the period of two years following the end of the company’s first accounting period in which it is party to the relevant contract;

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

(c)is irrevocable.

(8)For the purposes of this paragraph a “zero coupon bond” is a security—

(a)whose issue price is less than the amount payable on redemption, and

(b)which does not provide for any amount to be payable by way of interest.

(9)For the purposes of this paragraph “market value” has the same meaning as in the Taxation of Chargeable Gains Act 1992 (c. 12).

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