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HMRC internal manual

Business Leasing Manual

Introduction: Leasing: Importance of leasing

Leasing of plant or machinery is big business. In recent years the Finance and Leasing Association (FLA) has reported that their members financed about 25% of fixed capital investment by businesses in the UK (excluding real property).

The FLA’s members provide business with lease finance for over £20bn of plant or machinery each year. Around half involves hire purchase, the other half involves finance or operating leases (in variable proportions) without a purchase option.