Capital Allowances – A review of the various schemes available for businesses

When you buy certain new equipment, invest in buildings or research and development, you can deduct a proportion of the cost from your taxable profits and reduce your business tax bill, through Capital Allowances.

Capital Allowances take the place of commercial depreciation, which is not allowed for tax. Using them effectively can be a huge boost to your business, especially if you need to invest to fund growth.

Here’s a look at the main elements of the various capital allowances schemes and how your business can qualify to take advantage of them. (more…)

Annual Investment Allowance limit reduction from April 2012 – what should businesses do?

Businesses can currently write off 100% of the cost of acquiring qualifying assets against their taxable profits, up to an annual limit of £100,000. Assets that can be written off in this way include commercial vehicles, plant, computers and other equipment – cars do not qualify.

George Osborne’s Emergency Budget of 22nd June 2010 gave notice that the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) annual limit is to be significantly reduced from £100,000 to £25,000 from April 2012.
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