<b>Tax News:</b> HMRC close down group relief loophole. By Nichola Ross Martin

Following the judgment of the European Court of Justice in December 2005 in the case of Marks & Spencer Plc v David Halsey Case C-446/03, H M Revenue and Customs have announced changes to group relief for losses.

The court found that Mark & Spenser was allowed to offset losses from group companies resident in other member states against profits earned in the UK. The Revenue considers that this interpretation will open the doors to creative tax avoidance schemes.

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