Are you missing out on Tax relief ?

Are you missing out on Tax relief ?

Act now or lose £250,000 in Tax relief


Firms in the construction and agricultural sectors are missing out on up to £250,000 worth of tax relief because they are unaware of how much they are entitled to claim against newly-purchased machines,

Businesses investing in plant, machinery or commercial vehicles have been entitled to claim AIA since legislation was introduced in 2008. But in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement of 2012, the AIA was raised from £25,000 to £250,000 – but only for a temporary period of two years starting from January 1, 2013.

Businesses of all sizes are eligible for the AIA but many are simply missing out. For companies whose financial year ended in December 2013 the deadline to claim the first tranche of AIA has already disappeared. Unfortunately any unspent allowances can’t be carried forward so for some £250,000 in tax relief may already have been lost.”

The countdown has also begun for those companies with a 31st March 2014 year end, or unincorporated businesses with a tax year ending 5th April 2014. That’s because after these dates the available AIA drops to £187,500 before finally reverting to £25,000 on 1st January 2015. Other companies with different financial year ends will have differing amounts remaining but all need to review their spending plans before it is too late.

There  still seems to be confusion in the construction and agricultural sectors over the size and eligibility of the available tax relief. It seems that some financial advisors have been slow in coming to terms with the new rules and some tax-saving opportunities have already been lost. Additionally, there seems to be confusion in the plant hire sector with many businesses being wrongly advised that they are not eligible for the AIA. The best action to take is still to seek immediate advice from a professional financial advisor”


Date Added: 21 February 2014

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