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Capital Allowances Act 2001

Section 20: Employments and offices

150.This section is based on sections 198(2) and 314 of ICTA. It provides that some employments and offices are not qualifying activities as such.

151.Subsection (1) is based on section 314 of ICTA (divers and diving supervisors). Divers and diving supervisors operating in the North Sea normally have contracts of employment as a matter of general law. They would then be employees for tax purposes. But section 314 of ICTA provides that “the Income Tax Acts shall have effect as if” they were carrying on a trade. CAA 1990 is part of the “the Income Tax Acts” as defined in section 831(1)(b) of ICTA. So for the purposes of the capital allowances legislation North Sea divers have trades rather than employments. Subsection (1) puts this explicitly in terms of qualifying activities.

152.Subsections (2) and (3) are based on section 198(2) of ICTA. They exclude from plant and machinery allowances employments and offices which are taxed on the “remittance basis” – that is, where only income remitted to the United Kingdom is taxed. Such remittances will already be net of any capital expenditure incurred out of that income.

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