GREIT12100 - Group conditions and rules: Financial statements: basics
A condition of a group being a UK-REIT is that the principal company of the group undertakes to provide three sets of financial statements in relation to the group's activities for each accounting period of the principal company (paragraph 5(2) Schedule 17 FA 2006). The detail of what the statements must contain is set out in the Financial Statement regulations (SI 2006/2865).
Time limit for filing
The principal company must supply these financial statements by the CTSA filing date for the accounting period for which relate (regulation 13 SI 2006/2865).
Types of financial statement required
The outline of what is to be shown in each of these statements is set out in paragraph 31 Schedule 17, with more detailed requirements set out in regulations (SI 2006/2865).
The financial statements required are for:
- G (property rental business)
- G (residual), and
- the UK business of G (property rental business) (i.e. G (tax-exempt)).
The first two statements are similar to group consolidated accounts, where intra-group transactions are ignored. They use International Accounting Standards (IAS) to measure income, expenses and values (paragraph 31(3)). For more detail, see GREIT12115.
The third financial statement, for G (tax-exempt), is based on income and gains as measured for tax purposes and is the aggregate of the tax-exempt profits of each member of the group. Intra-group transactions are not ignored in this type of financial statement. For more detail, see GREIT12160.
Use to which financial statements are put
The financial statements for G (property rental business) and G (residual) are used to test whether the Balance of Business conditions in section 108 FA 2006, as modified by paragraph 7 Schedule 17, have been met. The are also used in determining whether the interest cover test in section 115 FA 2006, as modified by paragraph 14 Schedule 17, is met.
The financial statement for G (tax-exempt) is used in determining whether the interest cover test in section 115 FA 2006, as modified by paragraph 14 Schedule 17, is met. It is also used to determine the minimum level of distribution required to meet Condition 3 in paragraph 6(4) Schedule 17, and in applying the attribution rules in section 123 FA 2006, to determine the amount of distributions that must be paid under deduction of basic rate income tax.