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Capital Allowances Act 2001

Section 200: Elections under section 198 and 199: supplementary

720.This section is based on section 59B(5) and 59C(6) and part of section 59C(3) of CAA 1990. It provides additional rules that apply to elections under either of the previous two sections.

721.Subsection (2) ensures that an election overrides any apportionment made under sections 562 to 563.

722.Subsection (4) provides for cases in which, after an election is made, circumstances arise which have the effect of reducing the maximum amount that may be fixed under the election (under either section 198(3) or 199(3)). If the reduced value is less than the amount specified by the election, then the election is treated as having specified the lower amount.

  • Example

  • V acquires from O the fee simple interest in a building on 1 March 2002. On 2 April 2003, V sells this interest to R.

  • V and R make an election under section 198 and apportion £10,000 to a fixture. Subsequently, but within the two-year limit imposed by section 201(1), V and O enter into an election and apportion £5,000 to the same fixture.

  • The election made by O and V fixes V’s expenditure on the provision of the fixture at £5,000 for all purposes of the rules for plant and machinery allowances. In particular, it means that on a subsequent transaction involving the fixture, any election under either section 198 or 199 may not apportion an amount more than £5,000 to the fixture. This therefore includes the transaction between V and R.

  • Even though an election had already been made in respect of the sale by V to R, section 200(4) provides that this election is treated as fixing £5,000 as the consideration in respect of the fixture.

  • As a result, V must bring a disposal value of £5,000 into account and R may claim allowances in respect of expenditure of only £5,000 and not £10,000. Section 203(4) provides for adjustments to be made (for example to any assessments) as necessary.

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