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Capital Allowances Act 2001

Section 132: Disposal events and single ship pool

516.This section is based on parts of sections 31(2) and (11), 31(7), 33(5)(b) and 40(4) of CAA 1990. It:

  • gives an additional disposal event for single ship pools; and

  • provides special rules for any disposal event which occurs.

517.Subsection (2) provides the special rules dealing with all disposal events in relation to a single ship pool. These rules are necessary as the postponement rules are not intended to give rise to balancing allowances or charges on the disposal of a ship.

518.In CAA 1990, a disposal value is brought into account in the notional trade (which is how the single ship pool is established). However, any balancing allowance or charge is not given effect in the normal way. The amount is instead allocated to the shipowner’s actual trade as if it were qualifying expenditure (in the sense used in CAA 1990) or a disposal value. This section is more direct. If there is a disposal event in respect of a single ship pool, any available qualifying expenditure is allocated to the appropriate non-ship pool. It is in that pool that any disposal value is brought into account. The end result under these two different methods is the same. See Note 35 in Annex 2.

519.Subsection (3) makes it clear that a disposal event is dealt with in the same way if there has been an election under section 129.

520.There is nothing in this section equivalent to section 31(8) of CAA 1990. That cannot affect tax liabilities in chargeable periods covered by this Act.

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