Partner with Centrica Business Solutions to unlock your sustainable energy ambitions by accessing generous new capital expenditure relief
The time is right to build back greener by upgrading your energy infrastructure. Thanks to the new Super-Deduction tax break on plant and machinery, it's never been more affordable to unlock your sustainable energy investment ambitions, says Jack Presley Abbott, Senior Regulatory Manager for Centrica.
In the March Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the brand-new Super-Deduction capital expenditure relief. It enables companies paying Corporation Tax to claim 130% capital allowances on most new plant and machinery investments that ordinarily qualify for 18% main rate writing down allowances.
In addition, a new 50% First-Year Allowance (FYA) was announced for special rate assets (including long life items). This applies to most new plant and machinery investments that ordinarily qualify for 6% special rate writing down allowances.
Super-Deduction and FYA capital reliefs apply temporarily to expenditure incurred over the next 2 years - from 1 April 2021 until the end of March 2023. These reliefs are just for new, unused plant and machinery, not second-hand or leased assets.
Businesses can also benefit from Annual Investment Allowances on investment in low carbon equipment. which has been extended to £1m for expenditure incurred up to 31 December 2021. This relief is available on second hand and leased equipment, as well as newly purchased assets.
What energy equipment qualifies for new Corporation Tax reliefs?
Most types of energy equipment should qualify for either the Super-Deduction of 50% FY, including, but not limited to:
• Solar panels
• Electric vehicle charge points
• Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
• Heat pumps
How much Corporation Tax can you save?
Under Super-Deduction, for every pound a company invests, taxes are cut by up to 25%. For example, if you spend £1m on qualifying items of equipment, £1.3m can be deducted from taxable profits - giving corporation tax relief at 19 per cent and a saving of £247,700.
Previously, such expenditure would either fall within a company's annual investment allowance and gain relief of £19,000, or alternatively be tax-relieved at 18 per cent of the cost per annum.
What is the expected impact of Super-Deduction?
The government expects its capital tax reliefs to kickstart investment by an estimated 2.8 million companies that incur qualifying expenditure on plant and machinery. Rishi Sunak said he believed his super-deduction corporation tax relief would bring forward business spending, while also increasing the amount of investment. The Office for Budget Responsibility estimates that at its peak, the super-deduction will raise the level of business investment by 10 per cent, or roughly £20bn a year.
What support is available from Centrica Business Solutions?
Upgrading your energy infrastructure to benefit from distributed energy technologies, such as onsite generation and storage, or electric vehicle charging, can be technically complex. It's even harder when you're trying to balance existing infrastructure with the latest innovations.
We can help your business to design, develop and manage integrated low carbon energy solutions that can transform your efficiency, sustainability, resilience and cost performance.
The clock is ticking to access the government's generous capital tax relief. Talk to Centrica Business Solutions for help in converting your sustainable energy ambitions into action.