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Categories of Capital Allowances

The capital allowance is a term every business owner should know. What this term means is that it is an expenditure used against taxable profits. Some renovation expenses, research costs and business assets are situations where the allowance is claimed. The classification of assets is what determines the amount someone claims. The process of figuring out the correct expenditures is the responsibility of the business. This is actually for a certain taxation period. The business then has the responsibility of including the information on tax returns. Only a few assets are used for the capital allowance. Some assets that qualify include computers, special machinery, vans and tools. In fact, these allowances have been categorized in various groups. Below is a discussion of some of these categories.

The Allowable Capital Allowance is the first category. These allowances are actually regulated by the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). They allow various businesses to claim deductions on a given range of deductions. They have another category that is known as the Machinery and Plant. Some assets such as trucks, cars, equipment and vans are included in this category. The profit the business has made is used for making deductions. This is done before the business pays its taxes. Some other allowances are used to cover patents, development and research expenses, and renovations. Someone is not however allowed to claim gates, water, shutters and door systems. However, there is no inclusion of structures like docks, roads and entertainment systems.

The Annual Investment Allowance is the second category. There is an allowance for the business to claim 100-percent of the total cost on plant and machinery in a year when using this allowance. It works with equipment, work vehicles and machinery. However, it doesn’t allow claims on cars. The amount someone can claim can vary in one way. The amount actually changes in almost every year. Always be informed on the maximum amount you are claiming. Normally, they use the date the asset was bought to make the claim. There is no limitation on the time someone can make the claim. Even if the business is making losses, they allow you to make the claim. If you fail to do so, you will lose everything. The loss can also get carried forward. If the business has assets that were previously owned, the AIA will not allow them.

The last one is the First-year Allowance. It also has another name known as enhanced-capital allowance. In most cases, the AIA amount lies below the amount provided in this category. The amount is provided after purchasing a certain amount of assets. The deduction is actually made on the year when the asset is purchased. These allowances allow assets such as energy efficient tools or water equipment to make deductions.

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