Deductions from earnings: capital allowances: calculation of the allowances due: balancing allowances and charges: how they are calculated
Section 57 CAA 2001
The balancing adjustment is made by reference to the ‘disposal value’ of the item concerned. In a straightforward case, where the plant is the only item on which the employee has claimed allowances in the past and it is sold for its market value, the balancing adjustment for the year of sale will be
- a balancing charge on the amount by which the sale price is greater than the residual value brought forward from the previous year of assessment (but limited if necessary so that the sale price used in the calculation does not exceed the original cost or the qualifying expense in the year allowances were first claimed) or
- a balancing allowance on the amount by which the sale price is less than the residual value brought forward from the previous year of assessment.
Where the extent of private use has varied over the life of the item an average fraction has to be used.
Remember that employees cannot claim capital allowances (including balancing allowances) for cars, vans, motor cycles or bicycles after 5 April 2002 (see EIM36520).