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Capital Allowances Manual

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PMA: Short life assets: Meaning of short life asset

CAA01/S83 & S84

An asset is a short life asset (SLA) if the person who incurs qualifying expenditure on it elects to treat it as a SLA and it is not excluded from SLA treatment. The actual or expected life of the asset is irrelevant in deciding whether or not it qualifies for SLA treatment. All that matters is that an election is made and that it is not specifically excluded.

Assets that cannot be treated as SLAs are:

  • assets that were provided for some other purpose including leasing under a long funding lease before being brought into use for a qualifying activity CA23030;
  • assets received as a gift CA23040;
  • assets used for special leasing CA20040;
  • cars apart from cars hired out to people in receipt of certain disability allowances CA23510;
  • long life assets CA23700;
  • special rate expenditure assets CA20006 and CA22360;
  • assets provided for leasing except:

    • those used in the designated period for a qualifying purpose and for no other purpose; and
    • cars provided for disabled people in receipt of certain allowances;

      • assets leased overseas that qualify for WDAs at the 10% rate CA24200;
      • assets leased to two or more persons jointly where at least one lessee is a non- resident who does not use the asset exclusively for earning profits chargeable to tax and the leasing is not protected leasing CA24400;
      • ships CA25000;
      • assets used partly for a qualifying activity and partly for other purposes CA27000;
      • assets that receive a partial depreciation subsidy CA27100.