Many businesses in the UK are already taking advantage of the temporary tax relief provided via by the super-deduction capital allowance.
However, it is thought that many more companies could unwittingly be missing out on this valuable tax relief.
The super-deduction scheme was introduced on 1 April 2021 and will run until 31 March 2023. It allows firms investing in qualifying plant and machinery assets to benefit from a 130 per cent first-year capital allowance.
This allows companies to cut their tax bill by up to 25p for every £1 they invest. Most companies also benefit from a 50 per cent first-year allowance for qualifying special rate (including long life) assets.
Thanks to the super-deduction, companies will be able to claim allowances of 130 per cent on most new plant and machinery investments that ordinarily qualify for main rate writing down allowances, such as:
Businesses can claim a first-year allowance of 50 per cent on most new plant and machinery investments that ordinarily qualify for special rate writing down allowances. Special rate investments include:
To benefit from the relief, the assets purchased must be new and not second hand or refurbished equipment.
The relief is also only available to incorporated companies, but unincorporated businesses, such as partnerships and sole traders, can continue to benefit from the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) which permits a deduction of 100 per cent for qualifying plant or machinery expenditure up to the threshold of £1 million until March 2023.
Here is an example provided by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on how the super-deduction works:
The AIA remains available alongside the super-deduction for incorporated businesses as well, so businesses must review how they use these schemes together to maximise the tax relief available.