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Last edited 25 Sep 2020
Capital allowances for construction
‘Capital allowances are a group of UK income tax and corporation tax reliefs that are available to businesses for capital expenditure. Capital expenditure creates an asset or advantage with enduring benefit and is usually recorded as a fixed asset on the balance sheet in the financial accounts. Examples are expenditure upon land, buildings and equipment.’ Ref Capital allowances and land remediation relief, 1st edition, guidance note (GN 111/2013) published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) July 2013.
- Plant and machinery (lifts, escalators, mechanical and electrical plant, information and communications technology, equipment, furniture, fittings and office equipment).
- Thermal insulation for industrial buildings.
- Making certain buildings comply with the part B of the building regulations (fire safety).
- Safety measures for sports grounds and stadia.
- Security systems if there is a special threat to the use of the building.
- Scientific research and development facilities.
- Enterprise zones in relation to industrial and commercial buildings, including hotels.
The tax relief allowed relates to the reduction in value (depreciation) of the qualifying assets. The percentage of annual depreciation depends on the item claimed and the size of the business making the claim.
The percentage of annual depreciation depends on the item claimed and the size of the business making the claim. The client's finance director or in-house tax team may quantify the level of qualifying expenditure, or they may appoint a specialist capital allowances advisor. Capital allowances services are offered by specialist boutique firms, large and mid tier accountancy firms (who employ chartered surveyors) and cost consultants.
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- Building Regulations.
- Business case.
- Capital costs.
- Capital gain.
- Capital gains tax.
- Cost consultant.
- Cost plans.
- Enhanced Capital Allowance scheme.
- ECA Water Scheme.
- Financial year.
- Fit out.
- Industrial buildings allowance (IBA)
- Land remediation relief.
- Net Present Value.
 External references
- HMRC: Capital allowances.
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