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    Default How long can you carry a loss forward?

    Looks like I'm going to be making a big loss this year (sad face), and I'm beginning to doubt the prospects for making much profit next year either. Is there any limit on the number of years I can carry the loss forward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittony View Post
    Looks like I'm going to be making a big loss this year (sad face), and I'm beginning to doubt the prospects for making much profit next year either. Is there any limit on the number of years I can carry the loss forward?
    With regards to the loss this year have you considered carrying the loss back against last years profits?
    For losses going forward, the extract from HMRC will be useful;

    Profits that arise from 1 April 2017
    There are restrictions on the total amount of carried forward losses that can be offset against profits of accounting periods from 1 April 2017.

    These apply to carried-forward trading losses so that the total:

    amount that can be relieved using carried-forward trading losses that arose before 1 April 2017 is restricted to, broadly, the amount of an allowance up to £5 million, plus 50% of remaining trading profits after deduction of the allowance
    overall amount that can be relieved using most types of carried-forward losses - including carried-forward trading losses incurred either before or after 1 April 2017 - is restricted to, broadly, the amount of an allowance up to £5 million, plus 50% of remaining total profits after deduction of the allowance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky@IntouchAccounting View Post
    With regards to the loss this year have you considered carrying the loss back against last years profits?
    For losses going forward, the extract from HMRC will be useful;
    Unfortunately I didn't make enough profit last year to offset it.

    I did come across that HMRC extract but it didn't seem to say anything about the number of years it could be carried forward. The loss is all after 2017, and whilst large, is comfortably under £5 million I'm pleased to report. So that quote seems to be saying I can offset all of it, but for how long?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittony View Post
    Unfortunately I didn't make enough profit last year to offset it.

    I did come across that HMRC extract but it didn't seem to say anything about the number of years it could be carried forward. The loss is all after 2017, and whilst large, is comfortably under £5 million I'm pleased to report. So that quote seems to be saying I can offset all of it, but for how long?
    Until you make a profit that exceeds the balance of your losses or you reach £5m

    Year 1 Loss of £1,000
    Year 2 Profit of £50 - Retained loss = £950
    Year 3 Profit of £300 - Retained loss = £650

    and so on

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    Are we to assume you still don't have an accountant?

    Under 5 million loss? since 2017?

    So if you've been carrying a loss since 2017 how come your brother was involved and why have you been re-arranging shareholdings? In Nov 2019 you stated the company was making a profit. How did the working for equity pan out?

    Something is starting to smell very fishy here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Are we to assume you still don't have an accountant?
    Ah. The one who wanted a CT refund

    https://www.contractoruk.com/forums/...ax-refund.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladymuck View Post
    And to buy his brother out, re-arrange shareholdings and work for equity.....
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    You do know that profit/loss is calculated before dividend distribution don’t you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Under 5 million loss? since 2017?

    So if you've been carrying a loss since 2017 how come your brother was involved and why have you been re-arranging shareholdings? In Nov 2019 you stated the company was making a profit. How did the working for equity pan out?.
    northernladuk, if you're going to keep stalking me, could you at least up your reading comprehension skills please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ittony View Post
    northernladuk, if you're going to keep stalking me, could you at least up your reading comprehension skills please.
    No-one is stalking you. Looking for clarification

    I won't go and check NLUK's comments against your posts as you'll think I'm a stalker too.

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