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Business Premises Renovation Allowance (BPRA): Background and outline

Background

Business Premises Renovation Allowance (BPRA) was introduced by FinanceAct 2005 with a start date to be announced. BPRA is intended to give an incentive to bringderelict or unused properties back into use. BPRA gives an initial allowance of 100% forexpenditure on converting or renovating unused business premises in a disadvantaged area.The start date is 11 April 2007 so expenditure must be incurred on or after 11 April 2007to qualify for BPRA.

The scheme has a life of 5 years so expenditure must be incurred before 11 April 2012 toqualify.

Disadvantaged areas

These are the areas that are disadvantaged areas for BPRA.

  • Areas specified as development areas by the Assisted Areas Order 2007(SI 2007/107)
  • Northern Ireland.

If you need to check whether an area is a disadvantaged area for BPRA you can find theAssisted Areas Order 2007, No 107 at http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/uksi_20070107_en.pdf, If you know the post code you can use the post code database which is athttp://www.dtistats.net/regional-aa/aa2007.asp

Conditions

A person must incur qualifying expenditure in order to claim BPRA.

Qualifying expenditure CA45300 is capitalexpenditure on

  • converting a qualifying building into qualifying business premises, or
  • renovating a qualifying building that is, or will be, qualifying business premises, or
  • repairs to qualifying business premises.

Expenditure only qualifies for BPRA if the building is situated in a disadvantaged areaand has been unused for a year immediately before the conversion or renovation begins. Thelast use must not have been as a dwelling.

A qualifying building is a commercial building or structure situated in adisadvantaged area.

Qualifying business premises CA45300 arepremises used, or available for letting for use, for a trade, profession or vocation or asoffices. There are some exceptions to this. These are not qualifyingbusiness premises. Premises

  • used or available for use as a dwelling
  • the relevant interest in which is held by a person carrying on a relevant trade or
  • used wholly or partly for the purposes of a relevant trade.

A relevant trade is a trade in the following sectors –

  • fisheries and aquaculture,
  • shipbuilding,
  • the coal industry,
  • the steel industry,
  • synthetic fibres,
  • the primary production of certain agricultural products, and
  • the manufacture or marketing of products which imitate or substitute for milk and milk products.

Aquaculture is activities such as fish farming.

Expenditure on acquiring land, extending a building or developing land next to a buildingdoes not qualify for BPRA.

Allowances and charges

There is an initial allowance CA45500 equal to100% of the qualifying expenditure.

If the 100% initial allowance is not claimed, or is not claimed in full, the person thatincurred the qualifying expenditure and holds the relevant interest in the qualifyingbuilding in relation to the qualifying expenditure may claim writing down allowances(WDAs) CA45600. WDAs are given at an annual rate of 25% on thestraight line basis to the person holding the relevant interest until all the qualifyingexpenditure has been allowed.

The relevant interest CA45400 in the buildingin relation to the qualifying expenditure is the interest to which the person incurringthe qualifying expenditure was entitled when the qualifying expenditure was incurred.

There is a balancing adjustment if there is a balancing event within 7 years of the firstuse of the building after conversion or renovation. A balancing adjustment CA45800 is a balancing charge or a balancing allowance. The mainbalancing events are the sale of the relevant interest and the grant of a long lease for apremium out of the relevant interest.

How allowances are given and charges made

If the person entitled to BPRA has a trade, profession or vocation the allowance istreated as an expense and a balancing charge is treated as income of that trade,profession or vocation.

If the person entitled to BPRA has a property business, that is if the person is thelandlord of the building, the allowance is treated as an expense and a balancing charge istreated as income of that property business.

Where the person entitled to BPRA does not have a trade, profession or vocation or aproperty business the person is treated as if he, she or it were carrying on a propertybusiness (a virtual property business) and the allowance is an expense of that virtualproperty business. This means that the allowance can be set against the person’sother income. Again, a balancing charge is treated as income of that virtual propertybusiness.