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Readers’ forum: Tax on losses incurred on transfer of shares

03 May 2022
Issue: 4838 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
Loan capital

I have a client who is UK resident and domiciled who formed a company in St Lucia putting in £10 of share capital.

He then made a loan to the company of £3m. The company then purchased a property in St Lucia which he has used as a vacation home for quite a few years.

The property in St Lucia was purchased with the £3m.

Our client now intends to sell the property and is expecting to receive only £2m for it. This means he will lose £1m of his loan capital. My suggestion to the client is that he subscribes for £3m worth of shares in the St Lucia company.

The company will then send him the £2m and my client will then have a loss on his shares of £1m which presumably he could use against capital gains in the UK or carry forward indefinitely....

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