The Capital Expenditure of a business is not deducted when arriving at the taxable profit. Instead allowances are given against tax, based upon date of expenditure as follows:
100% relief for capital expenditure – subject to certain exclusions, notably cars (see below).£25,000 from April 2012
Amount is pro-rated for long or short accounting period.
It is provided on a group wide basis, so groups of companies have to decide upon the allocation of the allowance between their members.
In addition to the AIA 100% relief is available on the following capital expenditure:
The specified plant and machinery is detailed on lists produced by the government.
Standard Rate 18%
Special Rate 6%
Writing down Allowances are given on a reducing balance basis. The Special Rate applies to Integral Features (see below), long-life assets, thermal insulation of buildings and, from April 2009, higher emission cars (see below). The Standard Rate applies to everything else.
Integral features are:
Rather than treating an asset as part of a general pool, assets with an expected life of under 8 years can be recorded and receive tax relief on an individual basis, relief will be accelerated when they are disposed of or scrapped. An election in writing is required to take advantage of this accelerated relief.
*For the purchase of Second Hand Vehicles the lower threshold is reduced to 0 g/km.
Cars with emissions above the upper threshold receive Writing Down Allowances at the special rate and are held in a special pool of assets.
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