Section 54: Penalties, interest and VAT surcharges
227.This section contains the rule that most tax penalties and interest are not to be deducted for tax purposes. It is based on section 90 of TMA and section 827 of ICTA.
228.The section brings together all the rules prohibiting a trading deduction for penalties, interest and surcharges imposed by statute. So it deals with interest on unpaid income tax (imposed by TMA) as well as the penalties, interest, and surcharges relating to the indirect taxes that are dealt with in section 827 of ICTA. The section is applied to property income by section 272.
229.There is a similar rule for non-trading income in section 869.
230.The table in subsection (2) sets out the specific statutory references because a general description of the penalties etc would not be precise enough. But the second column of the table is a description of the tax to indicate what is involved.