This is a freeview 'At a glance guide' to LLPs and the loans to participator rules.

A Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) may be formed of individual members and corporate members, or it may work in close contact with a service company.

When a Close company makes a loan to an LLP (or partnership) and where a member or partner is also a participator in the close company, it had been argued that the LLP, as a body corporate, could not be a participator of the close company.

From 20 March 2013, a s.455 CTA 2010 tax charge will apply if a close company makes a loan or advance to an LLP or other partnership, where one or more of the members/partners is:

  • A participator in the company, or
  • An associate of an individual who is such a participator, and
  • The loan is still outstanding nine months from the year-end of the relevant accounting period of the company.

Useful guides on this topic

Close company loans toolkit (loans to participators)
This guide takes a detailed look at the Corporation Tax treatment when a close company makes a loan to a participator (director-shareholder). It also provides links to our guides for individuals on the making of loans to companies.

What is a Close Company?
What is a close company? What is a participator? Why does it matter? If you are not sure, start here for a basic guide and signposts to more detailed guidance elsewhere on our site.

Close companies: Definitions & control
This guide goes over basic definitions of close companies and control.


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