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Capital Loss offset

I have a client who has lost a substantial amount of money in a Florida property deal. £75K put in, after much legal work and a landmark case, £22K was recovered leaving a loss of £53K. (He no longer owns the property).

The intention was to resell the property in one year, i.e trade it, so there is a question mark over whether this was a trading loss or a capital loss. Any clues?

He also has a UK property portfolio, a property in spain making a rental loss and is also a self employed person.

What are the provisions if any for offsetting this against his trade income? And would it matter whether this loss was classed as capital loss or trading loss?

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By BKD
21st Jan 2013 22:04

Any clues?

Yes indeed:-

The intention was to resell

in one year

trade it

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22nd Jan 2013 08:49

I concur!

If the foreign loss is now a trading loss, can it be offset against UK trade income?

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By BKD
22nd Jan 2013 10:30

Red herring?

I don't believe that the foreign element is directly relevant.

The problem you may have is in convincing HMRC that the trade was carried on with a realistic expectation of making a profit.

EDIT - of course there is a restriction in respect of trades wholly carried on abroad. D'oh

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