Capital Tax Allowance
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CAPITAL TAX ALLOWANCE FOR BIRMINGHAM AND KENSINGTON, LONDON
Are you aware that when purchasing capital equipment in a business it is not a revenue tax deductible expense? However tax relief is available on certain capital expenditure in the form of capital allowances.
The allowances available depend on what you are purchasing. Capital allowances are not generally affected by the way in which the business pays for the purchase. So where an asset is acquired on hire purchase (HP), allowances are generally given as though there were an outright cash purchase and subsequent instalments of capital are ignored. However finance leases, often considered to be an alternative form of “purchase” and which for accounting purposes are included as assets, are denied capital allowances. Instead the accounts depreciation is usually allowable as a tax deductible expense.
Any interest or other finance charges on an overdraft, loan, HP or finance lease agreement to fund the purchase is a revenue tax deductible business expense. It is not part of the capital cost of the asset. If alternatively a business rents capital equipment, often referred to as an operating lease, then as with other rents this is a revenue tax deductible expense so no capital allowances are available.
For further information please contact the Morgan Reach Tax Specialists.