Construction firms advised to act now to maximise AIA tax savings


Construction firms set to invest in business growth could save thousands of pounds by doing so before the end of the year, leading asset finance specialist Academy Leasing is advising.

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) will fall from the current rate of £500,000 to £200,000 from January 1, 2016, reducing the tax relief cap on investments in equipment and development capital.

The AIA offers tax relief at 100 per cent on qualifying expenditure in the year of purchase, deductible from taxable profits.

“Although the fall in AIA was less severe than expected in the Summer Budget, businesses can still make substantial tax savings by making their purchases before the end of the year,” said Academy Leasing Managing Director Michael Nolan.

“The countdown is on to benefit from the higher existing allowance and the maximum possible tax break.”

For businesses that have accounting periods that straddle 1 January 2016, the AIA will combine both the existing and new limits. A company with a March 31 year-end, for example, will have an allowance of £425,000 (£500,000 x 9/12ths + £200,000 x 3/12ths).

From January 1, 2016 to year-end however, the AIA will only extend to the calculated allowance for this period.


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