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Autumn Budget Statement

Full expensing – a headline grabber, not a giveaway

BR Autumn Budget 23

Full expensing is a headline grabber that won’t benefit the majority of owner-managed businesses


Genevieve Morris
Partner & Head of Tax, Genevieve Morris


Genevieve Morris, Head of Corporate Tax said:

“Hunt’s biggest headline grabber was an introduction, from 1 April 2023, of full expensing. Companies, for a period of three years, will be allowed to ‘fully expense’ new (but not second-hand) plant and machinery expenditure, which would otherwise qualify for 18% writing down capital allowances, or expense 50% of the cost if the expenditure would have qualified for the special rate of 6%.”

In many ways, this measure offers a continuation of the Super-Deduction as it also results in 25% relief in the year of expenditure. (The Super-Deduction, which ends on 31 March 2023, gave 130% relief at the tax rate of 19%, equating to 25% relief). The Chancellor can be applauded for introducing a new uncapped relief, albeit time-limited, but can he really sell this as a tax cut for business? It certainly accelerates tax relief, but it doesn’t actually increase relief and represents a timing difference in tax relief only.

Furthermore, it accelerates relief for only the 1% of companies in the UK that have capex in excess of the annual investment allowance (AIA) of £1 million, and so will benefit only the largest businesses in capital-intensive sectors.

“The vast majority of Owner Managed Businesses will see no benefit at all but will see their Corporation Tax bill increase from April 2023.”

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