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Veritas in AI Collaboration with Brunel University

Following a recent application through Innovate UK Veritas Advisory, together with Brunel University London, are developing AI-assisted technology to aid SMEs to more efficiently collect and categorise data for tax assessment and tax relief

30 Mar 2021

Written by: David Gibson

New 130% Super Deduction Explained

Veritas have been in direct correspondence with HMRC with regards to the new 130% Super Deduction and specifically how it is applied on leased assets. Despite initially appearing as an exclusion on all leased assets, which would encompass most investment properties, there are opportunities to claim the new allowance.

06 Mar 2021

Written by: Nolan Masters

Capital Allowances on Freeports

The Government have issued the responses to the Freeports Consultation, originally published in February 2020, and will offer Enhanced Capital Allowances in Freeport Tax Sites plus a Freeport-specific, Structures and Buildings Allowances.

15 Dec 2020

Written by: Clive Curd

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Veritas in AI Collaboration with Brunel University

30 Mar 2021

Following a recent application through Innovate UK Veritas Advisory, together with Brunel University London, are developing AI-assisted technology to aid SMEs to more efficiently collect and categorise data for tax assessment and tax relief

New 130% Super Deduction Explained

06 Mar 2021

Veritas have been in direct correspondence with HMRC with regards to the new 130% Super Deduction and specifically how it is applied on leased assets. Despite initially appearing as an exclusion on all leased assets, which would encompass most investment properties, there are opportunities to claim the new allowance.

Capital Allowances on Freeports

15 Dec 2020

The Government have issued the responses to the Freeports Consultation, originally published in February 2020, and will offer Enhanced Capital Allowances in Freeport Tax Sites plus a Freeport-specific, Structures and Buildings Allowances.

Society of Trust & Estate Practitioner (STEP) Webinar – Jersey Branch

12 Dec 2020

Veritas Advisory Directors Clive Curd and David Gibson presented on Capital Allowances to the members of STEP Jersey, highlighting the increased importance of Capital Allowances to offshore investors, and how to maximise the potential tax reliefs available including tax planning for future liabilities such as Capital Gains Tax.

£1,000,000 AIA Extended for 12 Months

13 Nov 2020

In a positive move the Government has today announced that the current Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) of £1,000,000, which was due to revert down to £200,000 on 1 January 2021, will be extended for a further year to 1 January 2022.

Veritas Open Liverpool & Manchester Offices

18 Sep 2020

We are pleased to announce the opening of two offices in Liverpool and Manchester to strengthen our existing offering and provide a local presence to both existing and new clients.

Enhance SPV Tax Relief With Capital Allowances

07 Sep 2020

When an SPV sells it's sole property asset significant tax relief can be realised on sale using Capital Allowances. Normally they are written down at 18% or 6% on a reducing balance basis but on cessation of trade a balancing allowance may be due, accelerating the timing of the tax savings, as per our example in this article.

Use Capital Allowances To Reduce Your CGT & Taxable Income

07 Sep 2020

Until recently many offshore investors did not claim capital allowances due to having little or no tax liability. However, as offshore investors are now within the UK corporation tax legislation and pay tax on their capital gain, consideration of Capital Allowances to reduce their tax bill should always be made.

Veritas Article in Property Week Magazine

08 Jun 2020

As part of the Property Week magazine Covid-19 support hub Veritas Advisory director Nolan Masters highlights how using Capital Allowances can help generate significant tax savings and ease cash flow problems.

Although partnerships and individuals can as part of a covid-19 measure, defer on account income tax payments for 6 months, the liability to pay the tax remains the same; claiming Capital Allowances to offset tax liabilities, including those tax payments made on account, can provide valuable cash savings.

Capital Allowances related to historic expenditure offers significant tax relief when businesses need it most and so we have set out 4 simple steps to assist companies to identify valuable cash savings.

Many property owners and occupiers have not maximised Capital Allowances claims on historic expenditure due to being unaware of the nuances of the legislation, claiming only on items not integral to the building or perceiving there are no allowances to be claimed.

No Time Restriction To Claim on Historic Expenditure

As long as the property or fixtures within a property are still retained it is possible to submit a Capital Allowances claim now on historic expenditure incurred going back as far as you can, with Veritas Advisory having advised on claims going back 30 years ago; the tax savings associated with these historic claims will be realised in the tax returns that remain open, as set out below.

A individual or partnership, with a 5 April tax year end date, who acquired a property and then carried out a subsequent refurbishment in 1999, would be entitled to submit a claim on both amounts of expenditure and amend both tax returns for years ending 5 April 2019 and 2020. In addition, as those allowances are written down over a number of years the tax saving benefit would be accrued over both the current and future tax periods.

The tax savings equates to up to 45% of all qualifying expenditure; a £1,000,000 claim for Capital allowances will therefore give rise to up to £450,000 in cash savings, realised across the different tax periods.

For expenditure incurred since 1 January 2019 it is possible to achieve the full £450,000 tax savings in the tax period in which the money was incurred by utilising the annual investment allowance, as long as the partnership is not a mixed partnership.

Examples of Unclaimed Capital Allowances

Typically nuances of the legislation commonly overlooked include opportunities to claim where properties are acquired with vacant space, properties occupied with non-tax paying tenants, capital contributions to tenants, to simply not claiming as not profit making at the time or for acquisitions, the Sellers stating that no Capital Allowances were available to Buyers.

A Seller having claimed all the allowances they were entitled to will not necessarily preclude a claim for a Buyer, even where a £2 s198 election may be agreed, because the entitlement to claim for the Buyer can be different to that of the Seller.

Overcoming Perceived Barriers to Claim

A perceived barrier to submitting claims on historic expenditure is a lack of detailed records supporting costs incurred on historic developments, refurbishments or extensions, but this is easily overcome.

There is no requirement to retain detailed cost expenditure; HMRC will accept a claim which is built up from first principles using measurement and cost estimating techniques, similar to a purchase claim, with any claim being based on the Capital Allowances legislation applicable at the date of the expenditure.

The only requirement is evidence of the expenditure having been incurred and guidance provided as to the nature of the works carried out.

4 Simple Steps to Follow

To take advantage of the unclaimed allowances related to the historic expenditure we recommend the following steps:

  1. Create schedule of existing owned or let properties
  2. List dates of capital expenditure incurred for each property, including purchase date, dates of refurbishments, fit outs, developments or extensions
  3. For all acquisitions add the purchase price and land registry title number. For capex expenditure add approximate expenditure if actual expenditure not known
  4. Request a free initial estimate of potential allowances and tax savings