Elysium Law acted for the Appellant in Hexagon Properties Ltd v HMRC  TC08468.
The First Tier Tribunal (FTT) found that the write-off of a loan relationship debt was not subject to tax under the loan relationship code as the profit which arose related to a compensation claim brought by the taxpayer against their bank and not to the debt.
- Hexagon Properties Ltd (Hexagon) brought a claim against their bank for mis-selling an interest hedging product.
- As part of the settlement of that claim, the bank released a debt of £3.5m.
- Hexagon filed their corresponding tax return on the basis that the debt release represented a payment in settlement of the claim. It was therefore a capital receipt outside of a corporate tax charge under the loan relationship rules.
- HMRC enquired into the tax return claiming the amount of the debt release was taxable as a loan relationship profit.
- Hexagon Appealed
The FTT allowed the appeal, finding the write-off was not a profit from a loan relationship.
This was a case of great importance and had a significant impact on the loan relationship rules.