Six useful property reliefs you may never have heard of!

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Lucy Mangan - Menzies Accountant

Lucy Mangan – Partner

There are many allowances and reliefs that can be claimed by companies in respect of capital costs but only if you are aware of them. Some are less well known and can be missed.

1 – Business Premises Renovation Allowance (BPRA)

BPRA is intended to incentivise businesses to bring back into use derelict or business properties providing 100% relief for certain expenditure. However, as always there are requirements that must be met, for example, it only applies to:

  • Buildings that have been unused for at least one year
  • Qualifying expenditure incurred when converting or renovating unused business premises in a disadvantaged area.

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Qualifying expenditure is capital expenditure you incur when you:

  • Convert a qualifying building into qualifying business premises
  • Renovate a qualifying building that is, or will be, a qualifying business premises
  • Repair qualifying business premises

2 – Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA’s)

ECA’s legislation was introduced to encourage the use of energy saving, low carbon and water conserving plant and machinery.

Again it provides a 100% tax deduction in the year expenditure is incurred and is in addition to the normal 100% deduction under the annual investment allowance (£200,000).

3 – Enterprise Zones (EZ’s)

This relates to specific areas and provides a 100% tax deduction for capital expenditure incurred by businesses within certain designated area.

The relief will be of particular advantage to those spending considerable sums on capital equipment.

4 – Land Remediation Relief (LRR)

LRR provides extra tax relief above and beyond the costs. It enables companies that incur costs to clean up contaminated land with an additional 50% tax deduction on the qualifying expenditure.

The relief can be claimed by property investors and developers. Examples of contamination claims include, asbestos management, gassing measures, Japanese knotweed removal and removing oil or arsenic from the ground.

5 – Land Remediation Relief – derelict buildings

This relief applies along similar lines to the above, but is specifically aimed at facilitating redevelopment of land or buildings that have been derelict for 10 years. Qualifying costs include the cost of demolition.

If the enhanced deduction gives rise to a tax adjusted loss, the loss may be surrendered for a 16% repayable tax credit.

6 – Integral features – second hand commercial property purchases

Changes to capital allowances in 2014, means that where a second hand commercial property is acquired the seller and buyer must enter into an agreement to fix the value of fixtures within that property that qualify for plant and machinery capital allowances, otherwise no tax relief will be available to the buyer on those fixtures.

However where no agreement is reached, if the seller first acquired the property before April 2008, it may be possible for the buyer to claim tax relief on the value of integral features within the building.

Integral features include:

  • An electrical system (including a lighting system)
  • A cold water system
  • A space or water heating system, a powered system of ventilation, air cooling or air purification, and any floor or ceiling comprised in such a system
  • A lift, an escalator or a moving walkway
  • External solar shading.

The value of an integral features claim may be considerable, especially as the annual investment allowance is available against this.

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