Finance Act 2004

198Spreading of relief: cessation of businessE+W+S+N.I.

(1)This section applies if—

(a)the employer ceases to carry on business in the current chargeable period or a later chargeable period in which section 197(4) would require a fraction of the amount of the relevant excess contributions to be treated as paid, and

(b)were section 197(4) to apply, relief in relation to the whole of the amount of the relevant excess contributions would not be given pre-cessation.

(2)Relief is given pre-cessation if it is given for the chargeable period in which the employer ceases to carry on business or any earlier chargeable period.

(3)The portion of the amount of the relevant excess contributions in relation to which relief would not have been given pre-cessation (“the unrelieved portion”) is be treated as paid (at the option of the employer) either—

(a)in the chargeable period in which the employer ceases to carry on business, or

(b)as provided by subsection (4).

(4)This subsection provides that the amount determined under subsection (5) is to be treated as paid on each day in the period—

(a)beginning with the current chargeable period, and

(b)ending with the day on which the employer ceases to carry on business,

(“the relevant period”).

(5)The amount referred to in subsection (4) is—

where—

UP is the amount of the unrelieved portion, and

DRP is the number of days in the relevant period.

(6)Expressions used in this section and section 197 have the same meaning in this section as in that section.