In JTI Acquisition Company (2011) Limited v HMRC [2022] TC08493, the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) found that the appellant was party to a loan relationship purely to gain a tax advantage. As such the loan had an unallowable purpose and the associated interest payments amounting to over £40 million were disallowed.

Under s.441 CTA 2009, a company may not claim a deduction for interest payable on a Loan relationship, where the loan relationship is for an unallowable purpose. If only part of the loan was for an unallowable purpose, then a deduction may be allowed for a just and reasonable proportion. There is an unallowable purpose where (s.442):

JTI Acquisition Company (2011) Limited (JTI) is a UK incorporated company that was part of the Joy Global group, a mining machinery and equipment manufacturer when the disputed transactions took place. The ultimate parent was Joy Global Inc, a US company. 

The FTT dismissed the appeal finding that:

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JTI Acquisition Company (2011) Limited v HMRC [2022] TC08493


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