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Capital Allowances Act 2001

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11General conditions as to availability of plant and machinery allowances

(1)Allowances are available under this Part if a person carries on a qualifying activity and incurs qualifying expenditure.

(2)“Qualifying activity” has the meaning given by Chapter 2.

(3)Allowances under this Part must be calculated separately for each qualifying activity which a person carries on.

(4)The general rule is that expenditure is qualifying expenditure if—

(a)it is capital expenditure on the provision of plant or machinery wholly or partly for the purposes of the qualifying activity carried on by the person incurring the expenditure, and

(b)the person incurring the expenditure owns the plant or machinery as a result of incurring it.

(5)But the general rule is affected by other provisions of this Act, and in particular by Chapter 3.

12Expenditure incurred before qualifying activity carried on

For the purposes of this Part, expenditure incurred for the purposes of a qualifying activity by a person about to carry on the activity is to be treated as if it had been incurred by him on the first day on which he carries on the activity.

13Use for qualifying activity of plant or machinery provided for other purposes

(1)This section applies if a person—

(a)brings plant or machinery into use for the purposes of a qualifying activity carried on by him, and

(b)on the date when he does so, owns the plant or machinery as a result of having incurred capital expenditure (“actual expenditure”) on its provision for purposes other than those of that qualifying activity.

(2)The person is to be treated—

(a)as having incurred capital expenditure (“notional expenditure”) on the provision of the plant or machinery for the purposes of the qualifying activity on the date on which it is brought into use for those purposes, and

(b)as owning the plant or machinery as a result as having incurred that expenditure.

(3)Subject to subsection (4), the amount of the notional expenditure is the market value of the plant or machinery on the date when it is brought into use for the purposes of the qualifying activity.

(4)If the market value is greater than the actual expenditure, the amount of the notional expenditure is the amount of the actual expenditure, less any amount required to be deducted under subsection (5).

(5)The amount to be deducted is any amount that under section 218 or 224 would have been left out of account in determining the person’s available qualifying expenditure if the actual expenditure had been incurred on the provision of the plant or machinery for the purposes of the qualifying activity.

(6)The question whether the provision of the plant or machinery is to be treated as wholly or only partly for the purposes of the qualifying activity is to be determined according to whether the use referred to in subsection (1)(a) is wholly or only partly for those purposes.

(7)This section is subject to section 161 (pre-trading expenditure on mineral exploration and access).

14Use for qualifying activity of plant or machinery which is a gift

(1)This section applies if a person—

(a)is the owner of plant or machinery as a result of a gift, and

(b)brings the plant or machinery into use for the purposes of a qualifying activity carried on by him.

(2)The person is to be treated—

(a)as having incurred capital expenditure on the provision of the plant or machinery for the purposes of the qualifying activity on the date on which it is brought into use for those purposes, and

(b)as owning the plant or machinery as a result of having incurred that expenditure.

(3)The amount of that capital expenditure is to be treated as being the market value of the plant or machinery on the date when it was brought into use for the purposes of the qualifying activity.

(4)The question whether the provision of the plant or machinery is to be treated as wholly or only partly for the purposes of the qualifying activity is to be determined according to whether the use referred to in subsection (1)(b) is wholly or only partly for those purposes.

(5)This section is subject to section 161 (pre-trading expenditure on mineral exploration and access).

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