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New Changes - Budget 2021 (3rd March)

The Budget on the 3rd March 2021 included a number of important changes to the capital allowances regime.

Summary of main changes

1. Main Pool

  • Super-deduction (from 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2023)
  • Rate increased from 18% to 130%
  • Only available to Companies (not LLP's or Individuals)
  • Not available to property companies (Leasing exclusion - subject to further clarification from HMRC as qualifying assets within common areas may be allowed)
  • For new Capex only - contracts entered into on/after the 3rd March 2021
  • Clawback rules apply through balancing charges on disposals within certain time frame
  • No upper Cap

2. Special Rate Pool

  • First-year allowance (from 1st April 2021 until 31st March 2023)
  • Rate increased from 6% to 50%
  • Only available to Companies (not LLP's or Individuals)
  • Not available to property companies (Leasing exclusion - subject to further clarification from HMRC)
  • For new Capex only - contracts entered into on/after the 3rd March 2021
  • Clawback rules apply through balancing charges on disposals within certain time frame
  • No upper Cap


3. New Freeports

  • 8 English sites include; East Midlands Airport, Felixstowe & Harwich, Humber Region, Plymouth, Solent, Liverpool City Region, Teesside and Thames
  • Structures and Buildings Allowances (SBA's) - rate increased from 3% to 10% if first used before the 30th September 2026
  • Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA's) - 100% first year allowances for plant and machinery expenditure incurred before the 30th September 2026


4. Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) - £1m extension until the 31st December 2021 (as previously announced), reducing to £200,000 after the 1st January 2022.


5. Extended loss carry back for businesses - temporary extension from one to three years, capped at £2m in years 2 and 3

We await further detailed guidance to be published by HMRC in the coming months.

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Preparation of capital allowances reports
We prepare fully disclosed capital allowances reports for both property acquisitions and enhancement projects.
Strategic advice
We provide strategic advice throughout the property cycle including s198 elections, contributions and land remediation relief.
Due diligence
We liaise with the client and their advisors to ensure that the capital allowances position is protected during the acquisition, disposal and leasing of property.
Initial reviews
We offer a free initial review to establish if a capital allowances opportunity exists. This review is carried out with minimal time and disruption to the client.
Negotiation with the tax authorities
We apply an enquiry mitigation strategy to all of our client work. Our experience and extensive knowledge of tax legislation and case law enables us to assist with potential HMRC enquiries.

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