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# Capital allowances: wasting assets qualifying in part for: example

## TCGA92/S41, TCGA92/S45(3), TCGA92/S46

Miss F acquires a double cab pick-up truck for £26,000. A double cab pick-up truck is machinery and so it is a wasting asset under TCGA92/S44(1)(c). Suppose that the double cab pick-up truck:

• has a predictable life of 20 years,
• has a scrap value of £200,
• is used 90% of the time for business, and
• qualifies for capital allowances on the business part.

If the asset is sold 7 years later for £4,000 the computation is in two parts:

The wasting asset was used for a non-business purpose for 10% of the time.

First apportion the cost (10% of £26,000 = £2,600) and the disposal proceeds (10% of £4,000 = £400).

The loss is computed as follows:

 £ Disposal proceeds 400 less Wasted Cost \_(2,600)\_ Loss (2,200)

However the double cab pick-up is a chattel.  TCGA92/S45(1) will apply to this portion of the calculation and the loss will be exempt (CG15445).

NOTE If the asset hadn’t been a chattel (e.g. the asset was intangible or was fixed rather than moveable) then TCGA92/S46 would have applied (see CG76775).  The restricted allowable loss would have been as follows:

1. the cost to be wasted is the allowable expenditure less scrap value

£26,000 - £200 = £25,800

1. calculate the non-business proportion of the cost to be wasted

£25,800 x 10% = £2,580

1. calculate the restriction on the non-business proportion of the cost

£2,580 x 7Yr/20yr = £903.

The restricted allowable expenditure, the wasted cost, is the non-business proportion of the cost less the restriction:

£2,600 - £903 = £1,697.

The loss is then computed as follows:

 £ Disposal proceeds 400 less Wasted Cost \_(1,697)\_ Loss (1,297)

The wasting asset was used for business for 90% of the time.

First apportion the cost (90% of £26,000 = £23,400) and the disposal proceeds (90% of £4,000 = £3,600).

The disposal will result in a loss so section 41 applies to restrict the allowable expenditure by the net capital allowances that have been or may be given of £19,800, (see CG15410 onwards).

The loss is computed as follows:

 £ Disposal proceeds 3,600 less Cost 23,400 – 19,800 (3,600) Loss (0)

The total allowable loss accruing on the disposal is therefore NIL.