Tag: Write off

Netherlands vs Corp, October 2016, Supreme Court 16/01370

Netherlands vs Corp, October 2016, Supreme Court 16/01370

Company A had acquired the business (assets and liabilities) of another company, through an Acquisition B.V. Company A provided a loan of EUR 300,000 to Acquisition B.V. in 2008. The Acquisition B.V. failed to perform well and went bankrupt in 2011. Company A claimed a write-down loss on the loan in its corporate income tax return. The Tax Administration stated that this was an extreme default risk loan and did not accept the loss. According to Dutch case law the main characteristic of an EDR loan is that an arm’s length interest rate cannot be found – the shareholder grants the loan under such circumstances that it is clear from the outset that it cannot be repaid and the shareholder does not have business interest, other than in its capacity as shareholder, to grant the loan. The Arnhem-Leeuwarden Court of Appeal disagreed with the Tax Administration. The Supreme Court stated that “special circumstance” between a creditor and a debtor occurs ... Read more
Germany vs Capital GmbH, June 2015, Bundesfinanzhof, Case No I R 29/14

Germany vs Capital GmbH, June 2015, Bundesfinanzhof, Case No I R 29/14

The German subsidiary of a Canadian group lent significant sums to its under-capitalised UK subsidiary. The debt proved irrecoverable and was written off in 2002 when the UK company ceased trading. At the time, such write-offs were permitted subject to adherence to the principle of dealing at arm’s length. In its determination of profits on October 31, 2002, the German GmbH made a partial write-off of the repayment claim against J Ltd. in the amount of 717.700 €. The tax authorities objected that the unsecured loans were not at arm’s length. The tax authorities subjected the write-down of the claims from the loan, which the authorities considered to be equity-replacing, to the deduction prohibition of the Corporation Tax Act. The authorities further argued that if this was not the case, then, due to the lack of loan collateral, there would be a profit adjustment pursuant to § 1 of the Foreign Taxation Act. Irrespective of this, the unsecured loans had ... Read more