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Ardmore: withholding and UK source


17 July 2018

The Court of Appeal dismissed the appeal in Ardmore Construction v HMRC, holding that whether or not a payment has a UK source is a question of fact and that the Upper Tribunal’s decision was not one which could be overturned on Edwards v Bairstow principles. In doing so, an opportunity has been missed to clarify this difficult area of the law.

There are a number of comments made in the judgment which temptingly hint at general principles that have a wider application. However, there is a danger of taking them out of context. For now, HMRC’s guidance remains the best place to start when considering source.

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