Give the super-deduction tax break a boost, Chancellor urged

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The government’s super-deduction tax relief to boost business investment has been backed by the UK’s Big 4 accountants in a report published by The Infrastructure Forum on August 31.

Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC say that the relief introduced in this year’s Budget is already helping businesses to re-equip and invest. The Infrastructure Forum, which brings together investors, developers and operators of UK infrastructure, backs calls for super-deductions to be made a permanent part of the UK tax system.

But the report warns that the non-appearance of HMRC guidance is slowing up use of the relief and that “detailed guidance should be produced as a matter of urgency”.

It says that the relief should be extended “to closer to five years” and extended “specifically to incentivise investment in carbon-reducing technologies and infrastructure”.

The short time span for the tax break – which allows companies to claim 130 per cent capital allowances on qualifying plant and machinery investments for expenditure incurred from 1 April 2021 until the end of March 2023 – is limiting potential investment especially in equipment for major infrastructure projects.

Large-scale infrastructure projects have long lead times, often taking between five and 10 years in planning. The short two-year window means that project leaders are not able to accelerate significant investments. The report says that the super-deduction should be extended to last at least five years.

Harinder Soor, Tax Partner at KPMG said, “The introduction of the super-deduction was, by far, the stand out feature of this year’s Budget – it has now become law and the infrastructure actor will be required to embrace it for the next couple of years. The challenges noted should not be allowed to dilute the value at stake and whilst the regime’s design is not perfect the sector is likely to be a significant beneficiary from the measure”.

Elisabeth Hunt, Partner, Tax, Energy, Utilities & Infrastructure at PwC said, “The super-deduction announcement has been welcomed as an attractive regime and one which is significantly more generous than the equivalent measures introduced after the GFC. The amounts of relief available have encouraged many of our clients to consider accelerating their investment plans; investing now for future growth and productivity gains. Going forward consideration must be given to how we can build on this platform to develop a more enduring regime that can sustain the levels of investment needed to meet the challenges of energy transition”.

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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.


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