Inland Revenue v Burmah Oil Co Ltd: HL 1982

A series of circular payments which left the taxpayer company in exactly the same financial position as before was not regarded as giving rise to a ‘loss’ within the meaning of the legislation. The ratio of the Ramsay decision was that a loss which comes and goes as part of a pre-planned, single continuous operation ‘is not such a loss (or gain) as the legislation is dealing with’


Lord Fraser of Tullybelton


1982 SC (HL) 114


England and Wales


ExplainedW T Ramsay Ltd v Inland Revenue Commissioners HL 12-Mar-1981
The taxpayers used schemes to create allowable losses, and now appealed assessment to tax. The schemes involved a series of transactions none of which were a sham, but which had the effect of cancelling each other out.
Held: If the true nature . .

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CitedBarclays Mercantile Business Finance Ltd v Mawson (HM Inspector of Taxes) HL 25-Nov-2004
The company had paid substantial sums out in establishing a gas pipeline, and claimed those sums against its tax as capital allowances. The transaction involved a sale and leaseback arrangement which the special commissioners had found to be a . .
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Capital Gains Tax

Updated: 09 May 2022; Ref: scu.220501