Annual investment allowance increased

Most businesses are able to claim an Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) on the first £50,000 spent on plant and machinery.

This provides immediate 100% tax relief on qualifying expenditure. The allowance is to increase to £100,000 from 1 April 2010 for a business within the charge to corporation tax and from 6 April 2010 for a business within the charge to income tax. As the chargeable accounting periods of many businesses will span the operative date of change, a pro rata calculation of their maximum entitlement will be required. Please do contact us if you would like advice on how this increased allowance will affect your business.