Capital Allowances for Integral Features
Capital Allowance’s are available to UK tax payers who own or are purchasing / selling commercial properties. By claiming, you can reduce current and future tax liabilities. The relief is highly underutilised, it’s estimated that less than 20% of people who could claim actually do so.
Capital Allowance’s for Integral Features are Capital Allowances in respect of ‘fixtures’ i.e. plant and machinery that are fixed or integral to a building and can be claimed in accordance with Section 11 of the Capital Allowances Act 2001, by individuals, partnerships and companies.
Whilst you cannot claim for the property itself (i.e. walls, building structures), you can claim for building adaptations and embedded features including, electrical / lighting systems, cold water systems, water and space heating systems, thermal insulation, fire safety equipment, lifts and escalators and external solar shading.
Different types of capital expenditure have different rates, allowing flexibility within the relief. For CA’s for Integral Features, if you use up your £200K limit for AIA, you then claim for remaining expenditure through your Writing Down Allowance (8/18%)…
This applies when the qualifying expenditure is incurred during the current open financial period. Individuals / partnerships have 9 months following the end of a tax year and companies have 12 months following the end of an accounting period to submit a tax return, both then have a further 12 months to amend it.
“Why are so few claims made and how should I go about claiming?”
Embedded property features are often missed due to misinformation about what can be claimed. Using an independent specialist firm, with up-to-date tax knowledge is often the safest and most sensible way to go about claiming.
If we have prompt access to the necessary information for our surveyor to visit your premises, we typically expect you will have received a tax refund or have a confirmed reduction in future tax liabilities within 8 to 12 weeks of engagement.
Taxpayers now have 2 years from the date of transaction to submit an election to HMRC – if an election isn’t made within 2 years then the allowances will be lost in perpetuity on that property.