General: claims: how capital allowances are made
Capital allowances are made for a chargeable period CA11510. The amount of WDA for a chargeable period depends upon the length of that period. For example, if the annual rate of WDA is 20% the rate of WDA for a chargeable period that is 6 months long is 6/12 x 20% = 10%.
Similarly, the maximum Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) is £50,000 for a chargeable period of a year. So when the chargeable period is more or less than a year the AIA must be proportionately increased or reduced. For example, if a chargeable period is 6 months long, for that period the maximum AIA is 6/12 x £50,000 = £25,000.
The length of a chargeable period does not affect the amount of a first year allowance, initial allowance, balancing allowance or balancing charge. For example, where the rate of FYA is 100%, 100% is the rate of FYA for a chargeable period of 1 month and it is also the rate for a chargeable period of 12 months.
In Income Tax cases capital allowances for a chargeable period are made in calculating income for that chargeable period. In Corporation Tax cases capital allowances are made in calculating profits for a chargeable period. When you adjust the profits shown by the accounts to get to the taxable profits deduct capital allowances as if they were an expense of the business and add balancing charges in the same way as you add back depreciation.
Example Jim runs the Morristown hotel. He draws up his accounts to 31 December every year. His accounts for the year ended 31 December 2010 show profits of £48,000. The depreciation charged in the accounts is £2,000. The capital allowances due are £5,000 and there is a balancing charge of £10,000. His taxable profits for his period of account 1/1/2010 to 31/12/2010 are £55,000 = £48.000 (profits per accounts) + £2,000 (depreciation) + £10,000 (balancing charge) - £5,000 (capital allowances).