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Finance Act 2002

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Company cannot be member of more than one group

50(1)A company cannot be a member of more than one group.

(2)If a company would otherwise be a member of two or more groups, the group of which it is a member is determined by applying the following rules (applying the rules successively in the order shown until an answer is obtained).

(3)In the following provisions the principal company of each group is referred to as the “head of a group”.

(4)The first rule is that the company is a member of the group of which it would be a member if, in applying paragraph 48 (the effective 51% subsidiary requirement), there were left out of account—

(a)any amount to which a head of a group is beneficially entitled of any profits available for distribution to equity holders of a head of another group, or

(b)any amount to which a head of a group would be beneficially entitled of any assets of a head of another group available for distribution to its equity holders on a winding up.

(5)The second rule is that the company is a member of the group the head of which is beneficially entitled to a percentage of the profits available for distribution to equity holders of the company that is greater than the percentage of those profits to which any other head of a group is so entitled.

(6)The third rule is that the company is a member of the group the head of which would be beneficially entitled to a percentage of any assets of the company available for distribution to its equity holders on a winding up that is greater than the percentage of those assets to which any other head of a group would be so entitled.

(7)The fourth rule is that the company is a member of the group the head of which owns directly or indirectly a percentage of the company’s ordinary share capital that is greater than the percentage of that capital owned directly or indirectly by any other head of a group.

The provisions of section 838(2) to (10) of the Taxes Act 1988 apply for the interpretation of this sub-paragraph as they apply for the interpretation of subsection (1)(a) of that section (definition of “51% subsidiary”).

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