For accounting periods ending on or after 31 December 2006, the rules set out in the Lloyd’s Underwriters (Double Taxation Relief) (Corporate Members) Regulations 2006 (SI2006/3262) provide a simplified regime to enable corporate members to cope with the complexities of claiming relief for foreign tax suffered on Lloyd’s income (for a description of the complexities see LLM7180).
The rules apply to corporate underwriting members of Lloyd’s. See LLM7030 for the treatment of individuals, including those who are partners in SLP and LLP (incorporated partnership) members.
Under these rules, foreign tax payable by the corporate member for a territory’s period of accounting is added to an ongoing general pool of foreign tax. If the foreign territory’s tax rate exceeds the main UK CT rate, the amount of tax is restricted on entry into the pool. This scheme avoids the complexities and difficulties referred to above. It is a modification of the usual source rule for double taxation relief, which provides that the credit that may be given for foreign tax paid on income arising in another territory should not exceed the UK tax charge on the same income.
The approach described here applies only to double taxation relief given as a tax credit. A corporate member can decide each year, on a territory by territory basis, whether to take a deduction for foreign tax paid (INTM161050, see LLM10000) or to claim tax credit relief and hence put the relief into the tax pool.