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Capital Allowances Act 2001

Section 23: Expenditure unaffected by sections 21 and 22

169.This section is based on column 2 of Table 1 in paragraph 1, column 2 of Table 2 in paragraph 2 and paragraph 1(3) of Schedule AA1 together with ESC B50. It also makes two minor changes.

170.The various types of expenditure detailed in this section may be plant or machinery even if they are buildings or structures covered by sections 21 and 22 (which stop buildings and structures being plant).

171.Subsection (1) says that sections 21 and 22 do not apply to expenditure in subsection (2).

172.Subsection (2) gives a list of other provisions which treat particular items of expenditure as plant.

173.Subsection (3) says that the items in list C are unaffected by sections 21 and 22.

174.Subsection (4) includes list C. This is made up from column 2 from both Table 1 and Table 2 of Schedule AA1 to CAA 1990. It also includes the items in paragraph 1(3).

175.The merger of the columns involves a minor change. In Schedule AA1 the columns apply differently:

  • whether a building is plant is unaffected by the Schedule for assets in column 2 of Table 1; and

  • whether a structure is plant is unaffected by the Schedule for assets which are within either column 2 of Table 1 or column 2 of Table 2 (paragraph 2(3) of Schedule AA1 provides this rule).

176.Merging the Tables in this Act in principle increases the range of expenditure on buildings which is unaffected by the exclusion of buildings from the definition of plant. See Change 2 in Annex 1.

177.Item 17 of list C is based on paragraph 5(2) of Schedule AA1 to CAA 1990. It adds expenditure on glasshouses to the list of unaffected expenditure instead of having it as a separate exclusion at the end of the Chapter.

178.Subsection (5) incorporates the extended meaning of “caravan” from ESC B50. This allows certain things that might not be thought of as caravans to be included as caravans if they are treated as such by section 29(1) of the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960 or (in Northern Ireland) section 25(1) of the Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 1963. See Change 3 in Annex 1.

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