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Businesses are failing to claim tax relief on fittings in commercial properties, experts say, which could save them billions of pounds

Properties from fish and chip shops to the Gherkin in London (front right) could be missing out on capital allowances on fittings, tax experts say. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

British businesses could save billions of pounds if they claimed full tax relief on the commercial properties they own, according to City experts.

Taking advantage of capital allowances, companies can claim tax relief on fittings such as air conditioning, radiators, pipework, cabling, lighting and security systems – anything relating to the intrinsic fabric of the building – even if the property was bought a decade ago, according to Peter Millwood, tax partner at Deloitte.

But while accountants routinely claim on everyday purchases such as curtains, carpets, fire extinguishers and radiator covers, they often fail to claim on other, less-easy-to-spot fittings.

Without receipts, a detailed analysis is needed to ascertain the correct value of the qualifying assets within the property. Also, companies can only claim for an item once and need to check that a claim has not been made before. Specialist firms send forensic surveyors to draw up a list of all the fittings in every room, including hidden cabling, then feed it into a computer model with 8,000 different matrices that comes up with, say, a price of £47.50 for a door bell in an office built prior to 1950 in a certain area.

Millwood said the "sheer scale of legislation to battle with" was putting many smaller firms off. "In most cases, business don't claim as much as they could claim, and there are still many businesses who don't claim at all … it could be billions of pounds," he said.

There are about 1.4m commercial properties in England and Wales, according to government figures, ranging from fish and chip shops to the Gherkin. On a typical £1m property, a Capital Allowance specialist would typically find £200,000 of unused capital allowances, which, assuming a mid-point between the higher-rate and lower-rate tax bands, means there is £65bn to £70bn in net tax rebates sitting unclaimed in commercial properties.

As for a typical SME with a commercial property,  it could save about £25,000.

On 6 April, changes to the capital allowances rules kick in that could see "unwary buyers unable to claim writing down allowances on many investments", said Millwood. "Up until April, most buyers will continue to be able to attribute part of their cost of acquisition of commercial property to plant and machinery and claim tax relief against their profits. The amounts can be considerable, and can radically affect the viability of deals. From April, a buyer acquiring property from a seller who has claimed writing down allowances will not be entitled in most cases to claim going forward unless an election [written agreement] is in place."

Also, the annual investment allowance – the 100% write-off for plant and machinery, excluding vehicles – drops from £100,000 to £25,000.

A UK leading tax specialist, said the changes also meant that any tax rebates would be based on the previous owner's purchase price of the building. In many cases, where the value of the building has gone up, this means that companies planning to buy a commercial property should do it before April – or they stand to lose a sizeable proportion of their potential tax rebate. However, if the value of the property has fallen, they would be advised to wait until after 6 April.

Capital allowances on commercial property have always been a bit of a "dirty secret" since being introduced in the UK after the second world war.  The government had considered getting rid of them altogether, but agreed to the new rules after industry lobbying, amid fears that companies might relocate to other places with capital allowances, such as the US, France, Germany or eastern Europe.

URGENT  EARLY  WARNING RETROSPECTIVE  CAPITAL  ALLOWANCE  CLAIMS WILL  SOON  BE  TIME-BARRED

Buried within the 240 pages of the HM Revenue & Customs “Overview of Tax Legislation & Rates” dated 23.03.2011 (Budget Day) we have discovered the following little bombshell, which has very large and negative consequences:-

Paragraph 3.59 Capital Allowances:- Fixtures Mandatory Pooling

“The Government will consult on plans to introduce changes to the capital allowances Fixtures rules that businesses must pool their expenditure on Fixtures in a building within a short period of acquiring the building, in order to qualify for capital allowances.  A consultation document will be published at the end of May.”

At this stage we have no knowledge of what the Revenue believe to be “a short period” but it seems logical that they will start the ball rolling at two years (being the normal CT/600 amendment window); if so it will be the duty of every tax advisor to write and try to have the proposed time-bar extended (at least in the initial years).

Based on experience to date of such “HMR&C – Consultative Documents” we must assume that legislation will be introduced to limit retrospective capital allowance claims, probably from April 2012 (possibly earlier) – the unknown factor being what will the time limit be – and this is likely to be the only negotiable point in the Consultation.

There will be some tax advisors who read the above and say – “so what” – well here is a “what”  – Once a specific time-bar is in place if the advisor has failed to advise their client (in writing) of the implications, prior to the legislation becoming operative, then they face a very real possibility of a Professional Negligence Claim being made against them, if that client could have had a potential retrospective capital allowance claim outside of that time-bar.

The moral is you have been warned – now is the time to be checking all of your client files to see if they hold substantial freehold / long leasehold properties or indeed capitalized tenant’s improvements, which may well contain embedded Fixtures within the building, that could qualify for a retrospective capital allowance claim.

It should be noted that Contracts of Purchase often refer to an inventory of – Fixtures & Fittings / Chattles / Plant & Machinery – which will usually have been brought into the purchaser’s computation as an opening capital allowance pool balance but, it is much rarer to find reference to Fixtures within the contract, especially in the absence of a Section 198 CCA 2001 Election. In such cases it will usually require the expertise of a proven, specialist, capital allowance company to identify and value the embedded qualifying fixtures – we are that company.

This limit has largely gone unnoticed by many, and will almost certainly see many claimants who were originally entitled to take advantage of  these lucrative tax benefits missing out.  Salmon Business Group are now strongly urging everyone who we have already contacted regarding their claim to really sit up and take action NOW, or stand to lose £1000’s in tax rebates.

For further information regarding your Capital Allowance claim, please contact one of our Capital Allowance specialists to get your claim underway.

Telephone us now on 0114 293011, Alternatively email us on sales@salmon-business.com

Become a Referral Agent for Capital Allowances

Become a Referral Agent for Capital Allowances

BECOME A CAPITAL ALLOWANCE REFERRAL AGENTS

A good accountant will openly admit that they don’t know everything about the vast intricacies of tax and VAT – A smart accountant will seek out the knowledge of those that do!

In order to fulfill all requests of a client every accountant from time to time will often seek out specialist help and advice. At Salmon Business, we offer a referral program where accountants can introduce their clients to our tax and VAT specialists safe in the knowledge that their clients will receive the most tax efficient information whilst at the same time receive a referral fee. This then allows accountants to concentrate on the elements they are more adept and qualified to working on.

For further details on how to become a referral agent for Salmon Business Group please call us anytime.

Call 01246 293011
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Capital Allowances

Capital Allowances

How Much is a Typical Capital Allowance Claim Worth?

Whilst every case is different, and each sector has its own expectations, as an average we would hope to identify additional capital allowances of some 20% – 35% of the freehold cost.

Below are some typical examples and amounts we have successfully processed.

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OFFICES:
A claim in excess of £146,000.00 was acheived.
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CARE HOME:
A claim in excess of £374,000.00 was acheived.
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HOLIDAY PARK:
A claim in excess of £360,000.00 was acheived.
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CARAVAN PARK :
A claim to date for a single park was £1.8 Million
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HOTEL:
A claim in excess of £169,000.00 was acheived regarding an extension to the hotel. Our largest Hotel claim to date is £2.7 Million.
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DAY CARE NURSERIES:
A claim in excess of £62,000.00 was acheived.
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HOLIDAY COTTAGES:
A claim in excess of £126,000.00 was acheived. Our largest claim to date in this sector was £196,000.00
We will quickly identify the validity of a claim without obligation. If a claim does not proceed there will be no fee.

Your next step

To get a more accurate figure as to the amount you are entitled to please contact one of our Capital Allowance specialists where we can arrange a suitable time to visit you.

Call 01246 293011

Your next step
To get a more accurate figure as to the amount you are entitled to please contact one of our Capital Allowance specialists where we can arrange a suitable time to visit you.
Call 01246 293011
Britain becoming a less attractive place for the international super-rich, could prove a threat to the countrys fragile recovery.

Britain becoming a less attractive place for the international super-rich, could prove a threat to the country's fragile recovery.

Less Tax?

MONEY TALK by Ronnie LudwigSaffery Champness

The levy has, however, contributed to making Britain a less attractive place for the international super-rich, which could prove a threat to the country’s fragile recovery.

According to research conducted in March 2010 by Cass Business School, the non-doms spend a total of £19bn in the UK each year, as well as contributing £4.5bn in income tax and £3.75bn in VAT and stamp duty.

However, at least 2% of them have already left since the introduction of the £30,000 charge and associated changes brought about in the Finance Act 2008.

About 25% fewer are applying to move to Britain, according to the same research.

Arguably, the loss in demand for British goods and services could far outweigh the benefits of £130m collected through the additional levy.

The more likely course of action, though, would be for the government to tighten the rules and increase charges for non-doms as a result of their review.

Here again, the government will be faced with a difficult balancing act between maintaining that ‘open for business’ sign the chancellor wants to see over Britain, with bringing in additional tax revenue.

An attack on non-doms will have side effects and could mean overall tax take goes down, rather than up.

EVERY BUSINESS OWNER IN THE UK TODAY IS STRONGLY URGED TO SPEAK WITH A TAX SPECIALIST TO DISCUSS WHAT ENTITLEMENTS THEY CURRENTLY HAVE AT THE FINGER TIPS BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT PUTS A STOP TO EVERY BENEFICIAL TAX AID.

For further information on making your Capital Allowance claim and to arrange your FREE site survey, please visit our site www.salmon-business.com
alternatively, call one of our Capital Allowance specialists on 01246 293011.

To qualify for a current or retrospective Capital Allowance claim, our criteria is a follows:

  1. The acquisition of the commercial freehold property must have taken place within the last 15 years (preferably within the last 10 years)
  2. The related acquisition costs exceed £300,000
  3. The freehold property must be owned by the client personally or a trading company.
  4. Subject to no restriction in the lease regarding capital allowances, a claim could be made regarding a long lease over 25 years where a significant premium has been paid, and / or improvements in excess of £300,000 have been taken.
  5. We are happy to make a claim for the extensions on property improvements with a minimum value of £300.000.
  6. New builds or purpose built offices should also qualify.
  7. We can carry out current year claims.
  8. And finally, the client has paid tax on trading profits or rental income during the last 2 years.

Providing you qualify against all of the above points, then you are eligible to make a Capital Allowance claim.

For further information on making your Capital Allowance claim and to arrange your FREE site survey, please visit our site www.salmon-business.com
alternatively, call one of our Capital Allowance specialists on 01246 293011.

Capital Allowances for Day Nursery owners

Capital Allowances for Day Nursery owners

Are you claiming your full allocation of Capital Allowances?

The benefits of Capital Allowances for Day Nurseries and Private Schools are very substantial and very straight forward to claim.

The results of making a Capital Allowance claim on your Day Nursery or Private School will vastly reduce the amount of tax you pay on any profits you post in future years. In the majority of cases providing you have made a profit in the previous 2 years, a Day Nursery or Private School will receive a lump sum of any overpaid taxes they have made.
The result of a Capital Allowance will allow you to invest back into the business, enabling you to purchase items such as:

  • New Equipment and Apparatus
  • New Security Systems
  • Safe Outdoor Playing Areas
  • Building Extensions continue reading…

The Tory Manifesto is about to close the Capital Allowances for Embedded Fixtures and Integral Features.

These refunds will be reduced greatly as the tax system is being simplified and complex claims are going to be abolished.

The reference says the Conservatives aim to cut the headline rate of corporation tax to 25p and small company rate to 20p funded by reducing complex tax relief’s and allowances. –see http://www.conservatives.com/Policy/Where_we_stand/Business.aspx second point on their priority list!

The opinion in the accountancy profession and of some financial guru’s is the Tories will attack capital allowances so I would strongly suggest clients act now or they will regret not doing so, this door will be closed in 2 years.

Salmon Tax Adjusters are the most competitive in the market, work on no win no fee basis, and the fee is not payable until the refund is in place – so you really have nothing to lose! Act now and get the Capital Allowances you are legally entitled to!

Whichever government was elected to lead us over the next term, cut backs were expected to hit business hard, and with Capital Allowances being amongst the most valuable methods of reducing property owners’ income tax or corporation tax liabilities. The Conservatives have stated in their manifesto that they are seeking to target this tax advantage.

Don’t miss out on these valuable tax advantages whilst they are still available to you – speak with an adviser today and arrange a FREE site survey NOW

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Alternatively, visit us at www.salmon-business.com

With 50% first year allowances now scrapped and replaced by annual investment allowances covering embedded fixtures and integral features with 20% and 10% writing down allowances located accordingly. Is it any wonder many business owners are confused and are not claiming their full Capital Allowance entitlement.

A professionally prepared Capital Allowance claim could generate a substantial tax refund with significant tax reduction year on year. Capital allowance claims equate up to 35% of your freehold cost!

Capital Allowances arise from capital expenditure on:

  • Purchase of an existing or newly built property
  • Construction of a new property
  • Building alterations, extensions and refurbishments to a property
  • The fit-out of let property
If you are confused about Capital Allowance claims, you are more than likely not claiming your full entitlement.
Don’t miss out on these valuable tax advantages any longer – speak with an adviser today and arrange a FREE site survey NOW!
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Contact us today on 01246 293011
Alternatively, visit us at www.salmon-business.com
Are you claiming your entitlement of Capital Allowances?

Are you claiming your entitlement of Capital Allowances?

Capital Allowances are amongst the most valuable and least exploited methods of reducing property owners’ income tax or corporation tax liabilities. Capital Allowances arise from capital expenditure on:- Purchasing or Constructing a new property along with Extensions and Refurbishments.

We carry out retrospective, current year, and new build capital allowance claims, both for individuals and companies in relation to commercial properties right across the commercial sector. Most retrospective capital allowance claims that we handle lead to a significant tax refund for the client. We will quickly identify the validity of a claim without obligation. If a claim does not proceed there will be no fee.

We comprehensively survey the property which allows us to identify any qualifying items that, for numerous reasons, have previously not been claimed.

Enquiries: Telephone 01246 293011 or Visit: www.salmon-business.com

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