Would this work? Idly musing....

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Monsoon
Monsoon Registered Posts: 4,071 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
Company A is owned 50/50 and the director-shareholders fall out. One of them leaves. The remaining person, K wants to continue the business, but it's in a bit of a mess.

For various reasons, K decides the responsible thing to do is for Company A to cease trading.

K opens Company B and transfers the majority of the trade into it (paying market value for assets etc).

Company A sold a branded service called NooNoo. K doesn't like NooNoo, doesn't want to keep it and thinks it would be better to sell NooNoo at a point in the future when he's built it to a point worth selling.

Can K do the following:

Take on NooNoo personally, i.e. own the intellectual property and the brand, and licence its use to Company B.

Company B pay K an annual fee for using the brand, in retuern for retaining the profits, operational costs and liabilities from operating NooNoo.

When NooNoo is sold, this sale is a capital gain on K, and not taxable income for Company B.

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  • Rachel
    Rachel Registered Posts: 348 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    Not sure if this is similar or not.

    I worked for a company that was a partnership and a LTD company. The two brothers owned the intellectual property and the LTD co sold it, each month the partnership invoiced the LTD for the licence and the LTD company invoiced back for office rent etc. There was quite a lenghty agreement. At one point there was talk of selling the intellectual property to the LTD co but it was decided against as the LTD company wouldn't have the funds and for tax purposes.
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon Registered Posts: 4,071 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Thanks Rachel, it does sound similar, yes. Apart from there being a legal document between the two entities, are you aware of any particular criteria that needed to be filled to ensure the IP remained with the individuals for tax purposes? Any 'market value' issues on the monthly licence fee?

    Thanks
  • Rachel
    Rachel Registered Posts: 348 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    The reason the LTD company x charged rent was because they were in the same building and a sort of way of proving the 2 were separate and that it was a business agreement.

    The 'market value' amount was difficult to gauge and due to the reduced profits the partnership did issue a large credit note at year end as the LTD didn't sell enough to warrant that rate. I think the agreement said it could change.
  • Rachel
    Rachel Registered Posts: 348 Dedicated contributor 🦉
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    I just hopped on to VPN to find the agreement but couldn't sorry
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon Registered Posts: 4,071 Beyond epic contributor 🧙‍♂️
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    Thanks Rachel, that helps :)

    I'd be interested to know if anyone else has any experience of a situation like this?
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