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Capital Allowances Act 2001

Section 347: Additional VAT liabilities and writing-down allowances

1172.This section is based on section 3(2A) and (2B) and part of section 159A(3) of CAA 1990. It provides the general rule for additional VAT liabilities.

1173.In order to ensure that the additional VAT liability (and increase in the residue of qualifying expenditure) gives rise to increased writing-down allowances, subsection (3) provides that the incurring of an additional VAT liability is a relevant event for the purposes of section 311.

  • Example

  • In 1998 U incurs qualifying expenditure of £500,000 on an industrial building. In 2003 U incurs an additional VAT liability of £10,000 in respect of the building. At that time the residue of qualifying expenditure is £400,000.

  • The £10,000 is added to the residue of qualifying expenditure giving a total of £410,000. Section 311 means that (subject to other relevant events) subsequent writing-down allowances must reflect the increased qualifying expenditure.

  • If from the time the additional VAT liability accrued 20 years remain, (out of the period of 25 years since first use of the building,) the revised writing-down allowance will be £20,500 for each year (£410,000 divided by 20).

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