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Good and Ryan v HMRC

In Good and Ryan v HMRC [2020] UKFTT 25 (15 January 2020) the FTT found that a film avoidance scheme did not achieve its desired result in that the income was taxable and the interest was not deductible. 

The scheme required the appellants to invest (using a combination of their own funds and borrowed money) in film distribution rights. The appellants bought and then sold film distribution rights so that they were entitled to an ongoing share in the profits of the films but this was subject to a minimum annual payment (MAP). The MAPS were intended to enable them to meet their loan interest obligations. The scheme sought to generate a tax loss from the fees and expenditure on the film rights the income not to be taxable and for the interest to be tax deductible. 

The FTT found that all the discovery assessments were validly made. A...

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