Tootal Broadhurst Lee Co Ltd v Inland Revenue Commissioners: HL 1949

Fees received for the use of the taxpayer’s productive plant were not income from investment.
Lord Norman defined the meaning of ‘investment’, saying: ‘The meaning of ‘investment’ is its meaning, not in the vernacular of the man in the street, but in the vernacular of the business man. It is a form of income-yielding property which the businessman, looking at the total assets of the company, would single out as an investment. It certainly does not include all the property of the company and I am unable to accede to the proposition . . that every item of the company’s property is an investment, and that while the company uses those items itself the profit derives from them is a profit of trade, but, if it hands one of them over to others to use in return for a periodic payment, it begins to receive an income from an investment. The business man would not limit income from investments to income from the kinds of securities which are quoted on the stock exchange, and he would, I think, regard as income from investment a profitable rent from a sub-lease of office premises or the like surplus to the company’s requirements.’
Lord Norman
[1949] 1 All ER 261
England and Wales
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