This blog post considers capital expenditure and whether you should commit to a purchase date before or after the 31st of March 2022. It also applies to businesses with accounting dates other than the 31st of March, but obviously will require action at different times of the year.
Buying capital equipment - tax reliefs available
Most purchases of plant, computer hardware, equipment, fixtures and fittings, and commercial vehicles qualify for a tax write-off. For most small businesses, a potential 100% deduction may be available. Limited companies may also qualify for a 130% write off by claiming under the Super Deduction.
Buying capital equipment before 31 March 2022
If you consider that your trading profits in 2021-22 will be higher than your trading profits in 2022-23, then it makes sense to complete your capital purchases before 31 March and secure any tax relief sooner rather than later.
However, if business taxes are likely to be higher in 2022-23 than in 2021-22, you will need to crunch the numbers to see if deferring capital expenditure would be a better option.
Buying capital equipment after 31 March 2022
Conversely, if you consider that your trading profits in 2021-22 will be lower than your trading profits in the following year, 2022-23, then it may make sense to complete your capital purchases after 31 March and defer tax relief to the later year.
However, if business tax rates are likely to be lower in 2022-23 than in 2021-22, you will need to crunch the numbers to see if the better option would be planning capital expenditure before 31 March.
The above notes set out some of the factors you may need to consider, but every person and business is subject to other factors (claims for trading losses, utilisation of personal tax allowances and so on).
Until next time ...
ROGER EDDOWES Business Godparent
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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.
Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.
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