Capital Allowances: Hidden but discoverable

All commercial property contains embedded fixtures and fittings, which is vital for the trade to function, however, it’s difficult for standard accounting routines to maximise the qualifying Embedded Fixtures and Fittings within a commercial property that is essential for a business to carry out its trade. These hidden capital allowances are due to insufficient detail and complex legislation.

These items in isolation can seem quite innocuous and leave a substantial wealth of unclaimed ‘Immovable’ items on which capital allowances could possibly be claimed such as:

  • heating and electrical systems, 
  • safety systems,
  • bathroom facilities, 
  • sanitary ware
  • kitchens
  • lifts
  • even door handles! 

Without the immovable items which are either inherent within the property at the time of the acquisition or installed afterward, the building wouldn’t function as a commercial property.  Equally the quantity and value of the total of these items can also add up to a substantial amount.

Plain jigsaw with money on one of the pieces
Commercial property


We find the most efficient way of assessing whether tax savings can be achieved is through a conversation with accountants.

There are no doubts that accountants have an established routine for assessing Capital Allowances and therefore it’s important to stress that we’re not questioning their ability. We look to enhance the level of Capital Allowances claimed by introducing additional disciplines that add value to your work. For example, a survey is completed on the property to identify items that are not visible within the paperwork and sit within Land & Buildings on the Balance Sheet (not Fixtures & Fittings)!

Visit our website for more information here

When Should Capital Allowance Review Service get involved?

  • When a commercial property is/has been built, extended, bought, or refurbished.
  • If a commercial property is being bought or sold, it is crucial we are involved to ensure the correct provisions are inserted to secure the client’s wishes and protect advisors.

For information about how Capital Allowance Review Service can help you to maximise the tax benefits available, please contact us for your complimentary review

Latest News

  • Holiday home
    13 June 2024

    Furnished Holiday Lettings Regime to Go: Know your deadlines

    On the 6th of March 2024, the Spring Budget was announced. In this, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt declared a significant policy change that has sent ripples through the property and tourism sectors. The abolition of the Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHL) Regime, effective from April 2025. This decision has left...
  • X-ray of the insides of a commercial property
    14 May 2024

    Capital Allowances Defined: What are they and what do they achieve?

    Capital allowances can be a huge opportunity in the world of taxation and commercial property investment. As they can hold large financial opportunities. Yet, for many, they are misunderstood and underestimated. At CARS, as well as providing an excellent level of service, we want to support and educate....

Contact Us

Our expert team are here to help answer any of your capital allowances questions or enquires you have about your commercial property.

    Sign up to our Newsletter

    Read Our Privacy Policy