Every business incurring capital expenditure on a construction project or property acquisition looks for opportunities to reduce the amount of tax they pay. Capital allowances provide tax relief for capital expenditure by prescribing a statutory rate of depreciation for tax purposes, instead of the one used for accounting purposes.
They are used by the government to provide an incentive to invest in capital equipment, including commercial property, by allowing the majority of taxpayers a deduction from taxable profits for certain types of capital expenditure, thereby deferring tax liabilities.
Where none of the forms of capital allowances apply, the capital expenditure remains non-deductible.
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