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HMRC successfully resists appeal by Inmarsat against a ruling on capital allowances on the costs of launching six leased satellites

Judgments, Tax

28 July 2022

HMRC has been successful in the Court of Appeal in a further stage of a long-running dispute with Inmarsat concerning a claim for capital allowances on launch costs in relation to six leased communications satellites which were launched between 1990 and 1996. The First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal had agreed with HMRC that no deduction was available.

In a public statement the company has in the past estimated the liability at issue as c.$100m plus interest.

Michael Gibbon QC appeared for HMRC (leading Richard Vallat QC and Ronan Magee).

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