IAS 12 para 81(f), potential effect of Brexit on unprovided tax in respect of temporary differences associated with subsidiaries

BT Group plc – Annual report – 31 March 2020

Industry: telecoms

10. Taxation (extract)
At 31March 2020 the undistributed earnings of non-UK subsidiaries were £2.5bn (2018/19: £2.5bn).No deferred tax liabilities have been recognised in respect of these unremitted earnings because the group is in a position to control the timing of any dividends from subsidiaries and hence any tax consequences that may arise. Under current tax rules, tax of £19.9m (2018/19: £18.2m) would arise if these earnings were to be repatriated to the UK. On 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom withdrew from the European Union and entered into a transition period, during which the United Kingdom will apply all EU laws and rules which formed part of the withdrawal agreement. Depending upon the outcome of negotiations, at the end of the transition period, the UK could cease to benefit from the EU’s Parent Subsidiary directive on dividends paid by our EU subsidiaries. In this event, additional tax of up to £23.1m could arise if the undistributed earnings of EU subsidiaries of £878m were to be repatriated to the UK.