For the first time, the FTT has been asked to consider a principal purpose test in a double tax treaty.

With a win for the taxpayer at this stage – which one might consider to be the right outcome, albeit not necessarily for the reasons advanced in the judgment – it remains to be seen whether HMRC will launch an appeal and, if so, whether the decision will stand up to the scrutiny of higher courts. But for now, at least, taxpayers should take some comfort from the FTT’s pragmatic and policy-driven approach in Burlington Loan Management DAC v HMRC.

Laura McDaniel from our London Tax team considers this case in detail in our new briefing.

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