D1.1415 Corporate interest restriction—calculating tax-EBITDA

Corporate tax
Corporate tax | Commentary

D1.1415 Corporate interest restriction—calculating tax-EBITDA

Corporate tax | Commentary

Corporate interest restriction—calculating tax-EBITDA

D1.1415 Corporate interest restriction—calculating tax-EBITDA

The first step in both the fixed ratio method and the group ratio method limits interest relief by reference to a proportion of the group's aggregate tax-EBITDA. In broad terms, aggregate tax-EBITDA is a measure of the group's earnings that are within the UK tax net before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, all measured using UK tax principles1.

Aggregate tax-EBITDA is intended to represent only that amount of the group's income that is subject to tax in the UK, and therefore in practice, the calculation will only include companies that are within the scope of UK corporation tax. It is the amount to which the fixed ratio (30%) or, if an election is made, the variable group ratio percentage (GRP) is applied when calculating a group's interest allowance for a given period of account.

While the tax-EBITDA of an individual UK group company can be negative, a group's aggregate tax-EBITDA is subject to a floor of zero2.

The calculation of tax-EBITDA commences with the taxable profit (or loss) figure. Amounts in the table below are also excluded or 'not brought into account in determining tax-EBITDA' which means those items must be added-back or deducted from taxable profit/(loss) as appropriate3

Additions to taxable profit/(loss)Deductions from taxable profit/(loss)Statutory references
Tax-interest expense (see D1.1416)Tax-interest income (see D1.1416)TIOPA 2010, s 407(1)(a)
Capital allowancesBalancing chargesTIOPA 2010, s 407(1)(b)
Any relevant excluded intangible debitAny relevant excluded intangible creditTIOPA 2010, ss 407(1)(c), 408
A brought forward or

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