Commissioners of Inland Revenue v Marine Steam Turbine Co. Ltd: 1920

The respondent taxpayer company, had transferred to a third party its licence to exploit various patents for the manufacture of a marine steam turbine engine in return for the payment of a royalty on every engine sold by the third party and whose only business consisted of receiving the royalties, was not ‘carrying on a trade or business’ within the meaning of the Finance (No. 2) Act 1915.
Held: The word ‘business’ was used in the sense of ‘an active occupation or profession continuously carried on’.
Rowlatt J
[1920] 1 KB 193
Finance (No. 2) Act 1915
England and Wales
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Updated: 16 May 2021; Ref: scu.236666