For companies owning and investing in commercial property, the Budget 2018 saw some good and perhaps unexpected news.
Structural Buildings Allowance
Structural Buildings Allowance (SBA) is an entirely new relief designed to write off the construction costs of a building (excluding plant). It will be available to all new commercial property owners where the development commences after 29 October 2018.
The relief is a simple straight-line deduction against profits of 2% of construction costs, excluding land, over 50 years. It is not clawed back on a sale and the benefit of any unused allowance can transfer to a new buyer.
This is a welcome shot in the arm for those owning and investing in UK commercial property and combines well with the fivefold increase to £1 million a year for two years from 1 January 2019, announced in the Annual Investment Allowance.
Perhaps in order to fund some of the SBA, capital allowances on integral plant and machinery are being reduced from 8% writing-down allowance to 6% from April 2019.
In addition, first-year allowances on the energy-efficient plant are to be phased out by 2020.
For further advice about this change visit HMRC
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