CG47000 - Restrictions: capital losses: introduction: general
There is no form of group relief for the capital losses of companies. A company can surrender trading losses and other items to another company in the same group, see CT2670. But a company cannot surrender its allowable capital losses for set-off against the chargeable gains of another group member. Groups can however take advantage of the no gain/no loss rule for intra-group asset transfers, see CG45305, to achieve much the same result. A group can transfer an asset with a latent gain at no gain/no loss to a group company with a realised loss, and then sell the gain asset outside the group. The gain crystallises in the company with the allowable loss, and the loss is set off against the gain. Alternatively, a group can transfer an asset with a latent loss at no gain/no loss to a company with a chargeable gain, and then crystallise the loss in the gain company. Here too the result is to bring together in one company an allowable loss and a chargeable gain. Provided the gain crystallises in the same accounting period as the loss, or in a later accounting period to which the loss is carried forward, the tax charge is only on the net gain, if any.