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HMRC internal manual

Corporate Intangibles Research and Development Manual

Intangible assets excluded from Schedule 29 as special tax rules apply: except as regards royalties: computer software treated as part of cost of related hardware


Expenditure on computer software is in some circumstances treated for accounting purposes as a tangible fixed asset and not as an intangible asset. For example, this might be the case when the software is an integral part of the related hardware. In those circumstances the software is excluded from Schedule 29, except as regards royalties.

Other computer software expenditure is not excluded from Schedule 29 by this paragraphand may well amount to an intangible fixed asset. But capital expenditure on software maybe the subject of an election to exclude it from Schedule 29 and to take capital allowances instead. (See CIRD25180).