Capital Allowances

9 out of 10 commercial property owners will be eligible for a sizeable tax claim due to unused capital allowances

What are capital allowances for commercial properties and how do they benefit me?

Tax relief that assists in lowering your future tax liabilities or more importantly generates a tax refund for 2 previous years.

Over a £ billion worth of capital allowance claims still remain unclaimed by property owners. Recognising qualifying assets embedded within a commercial property requires a specialist team of tax experts and surveyors to spot missed unclaimed capital allowances, that can generate substantial tax refunds and future tax credits for many years.

What items are claimable within a commercial property?

There is not a clear-cut list of what can be claimed but here is a list of the most commonly claimed items:

Air conditioning

Heating systems

Ventilation systems

Security systems


Electrical systems

Fitted furniture

Who can claim capital allowances?

Commercial property owners may be entitled to up to 40% capital allowances associated with the acquisition cost of the property. There is no time constraint placed on claiming capital allowances for historic expenditure as long as, you still own the property. Therefore, if you acquired a commercial property in the ’1980s, the ’90s or sold it within the last 2 years, you may still be entitled to tax relief.

Capital allowance claims are eligible for property owners if they are a sole trader, partnership or a company that continues to proceed with trade or are involved in the property letting business such as furnish holiday lettings (FHL). However, residential properties are not eligible for capital allowances.

At Tax Expert, the due diligence process we conduct is compliant with HMRC and structured in a way that allows our clients to maximise their tax refund. An estimation can be provided once we conduct a review and assessment of the property.

The table below provides guidance on the possible percentage allowance you can claim against your acquisition cost on a range of different properties.

Furnished Holiday Lets (FHL)

Furnished Holiday Lets are a fixed asset and having a thorough understanding of this can hold financial rewards in the form of tax reliefs. HMRC recognises FHL as ‘trade’ and therefore, if the property meets the specific criteria; it is eligible for capital allowances on their plant & machinery as well as fixtures within the holiday home. This means that, the expense you incurred on the furnishings can be deducted from your pre-tax profit thereby saving you money.

Serviced Accommodation

Buy-to-let property owners are witnessing their profits decline as they no longer can deduct their mortgage expense before calculating their property income. As a result, many landlords are wondering if staying in the property industry is feasible. There is a way to turn this tax misfortune into a tax advantage by converting your property into service accommodation. This is because the taxes on Furnished Holiday Lettings (FHL) are not affected by the recent section 24 legislation amendments.

On the surface, the main difference between buy-to-let and service accommodation is the length of the leasing period. But when you dig deeper, you will soon realise that they are both entirely different in every aspect ranging from tax to finance.

Estimation of claims

Industrial Units 10% – 30%
Care Homes 25% – 50%
Retail Units 10% – 30%
Offices 15% – 35%
Hotels and B&Bs 20% – 45%
Pubs and Restaurants 10% – 40%
Furnished Holiday Lets 20% – 40%
Doctors/Vets 15% – 35%

Why haven’t I heard of this before?

Misconceptions still surround capital allowances in regards to there being a time constraint.

It requires a team of specialist tax experts and surveyors with expert skills and knowledge to maximise capital allowance claims because these are not skills a normal adviser will possess.

The Capital Allowance legislation is intricate and as a result, it is misunderstood by individuals who do not specialise in such matters.

Why Tax Expert?

Ilyas Patel and his team are specialists in optimising Capital Allowance credit claims. He and his team are not only financial experts but they are also equally well-informed when it comes to legislation, so no one is better equipped to find out if you’re eligible. The team have a culture of ongoing training and development in order to keep up-to-date with legislative changes in this area.

Knowledge and expertise

Over 40 years of experience in specialist taxation

Easy Step-by-Step Process

No upfront or hidden costs, 100% transparency

100% Claim Success Rate

Our clients have a 100% success rate on their capital allowance claims

No win, no fee claim

Fee-only paid on success and after acceptance of the claim by HMRC

Our Step-By-Step Process



Free consultation with one of our tax experts to review the capital allowances that you are eligible for and not already claiming.



Our team will carry out the necessary due diligence processes to confirm whether a capital allowances claim is feasible.



Our tax experts alongside our associate RICS surveyors carry out a thorough analysis of your capital allowances and will inform you with our findings.



On behalf of our client, we will make the required amendments on the tax return and submit it to HMRC.



Any further HMRC enquiries will be dealt with by our team of experts and we will handle all HMRC correspondence including any repayments of tax due.


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