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Adviser Q&A: Mertrux Ltd v HMRC: goodwill and roll-over relief

In Mertrux Ltd v HMRC the Court of Appeal upheld a decision of the Upper Tribunal which had allowed HMRC’s appeal against the decision of the First-tier Tribunal that the taxpayer had been entitled to roll-over relief on the basis that a payment that was made as part of the sale of its business had been wholly in respect of goodwill.

What were the facts of the case?

Mertrux was a car dealer which sold Mercedes cars under a dealer agreement with Daimler-Chrysler. Daimler-Chrysler wanted to terminate the agreement and this led to a dispute with Mertrux. The dispute was settled and under the settlement Mertrux was entitled to a payment called a territory release payment (TRP). The TRP was payable either by Daimler-Chrysler or by another (incoming)...

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