Averaging a grant to write a book over 6 years?
A writer has received a grant of £30k from a university to write a biography of someone relatively obscure. She received half in 2008/09 and half in 2009/10, and I showed these accordingly on her tax returns. In speaking with her this year, it turns out that that the work is likely to be spread over 6 years as follows:
Given the extended period Authors Averaging seems inappropriate. She is still incurring costs, and as part of her work will need to find a publisher, who in turn will probably also receive some financing from the university, she can reasonably assume that any possible royalties from the book would be negligible (certainly no more than £100 a year).
If it were reasonable to do so, I would like to resubmit the 2009 & 2010 returns showing the amended percentage. She was a higher rate tax payer in 2008/9 and is now semi-retired, so will have nothing to offset the expenses against.
What thoughts might you have?