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In the early stages of IP development, a company may derive income from its qualifying IP rights but not yet make a profit. Alternatively, a company may generate a profit that is less than the routine return on the costs of earning such income.
Where a company has a relevant IP loss (RIPL) as a result of its patent box calculation (for which, see Practice Notes: Patent box—standard calculation of relief and Patent box streaming calculation—grandfathered and new rules), the company will not benefit from patent box relief in relation to the loss-making trade for that accounting period. Instead, the company must:
set off the RIPL:
first, against any patent box profits from another trade of the company, and
secondly against any patent box profits of another group company for a relevant accounting period, and
to the extent any RIPL remains, the company must carry the balance forward to set against future patent box profits (of its own or within its group)
Broadly, this is intended to ensure that a company’s patent box losses are not relieved at the normal rate of corporation tax while its patent box profits are taxed at a reduced rate.
Where the company has a RIPL for an accounting period, the company is treated as having a set-off amount equivalent to the amount of the RIPL.
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