Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005 Explanatory Notes

Section 139: Certified master versions: production expenditure on limited-budget films

571.This section allows production expenditure incurred before 2 July 2005 on a qualifying film with total production expenditure of £15 million or less and intended for commercial release in cinemas to be written off in full in the period in which it is incurred. It is based on section 42 of F(No 2)A 1992, section 48 of F(No 2)A 1997 and section 99(1) of FA 2002.

572.Subsection (2) provides that a deduction for production expenditure allocated to the relevant period is subject to the application of “any prohibitive rule”. “Any prohibitive rule” is defined in section 130(7) of this Act as any provision of the Income Tax Acts which prohibits, or restricts the extent of, a deduction in calculating the profits of a trade.

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