Tax Tips May 2019
Want to reduce your tax bill and your energy costs?
Accelerated Capital Allowance is a tax incentive encouraging investment in energy saving technology.
The Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA) is a tax incentive scheme that promotes investment in energy efficient products & equipment. The ACA is based on the long-standing ‘Wear and Tear Allowance’ for investment in capital plant and machinery, whereby capital depreciation can be compensated through a reduction in an organisation’s tax liability.
The ACA scheme allows a sole trader, farmer or company that pays corporation tax in Ireland to deduct the full cost of the equipment from their profits in the year of purchase. As a result, the reduction in tax paid by the organisation in that year is currently 12.5% of the value of capital expenditure. By contrast, the Wear and Tear Allowance provides the same tax reduction, but this is spread evenly over an eight-year period. For cars coming under the category “Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles” the accelerated allowance is based on the lower of the actual cost of the vehicle or €24,000.
Eligibility for ACA
Companies, sole traders, and farmers that operate and pay corporation tax in Ireland can avail of the ACA scheme.
The equipment purchased must be new and bought for use in a trade. It cannot be leased, let or hired to any person, body or organisation.
ACA can be claimed for the accounting period in which the equipment was first provided, as long as the equipment is included on the published list at some stage during that accounting period.
Eligible costs and minimum expenditure
ACA is available for costs directly related to providing the equipment. Expenditure on the technology must be equal to or exceed the minimum amounts for the relevant class of technology. Find the minimum amounts on the categories and criteria here . https://www.seai.ie/energy-ratings/triple-e-register-for-business/categories-and-criteria/
How to claim the ACA
Decide on the equipment you require.
Ensure the equipment model is eligible for ACA by checking the Triple E product register before making purchase.
Claim the ACA through your company’s return of income form (CT1). There is now a field for ACA on the form alongside the standard capital allowances entry field.
Rules and qualifications
The ACA is subject to the same rules as the standard plant & machinery wear and tear allowance. The difference is the acceleration to 100% of capital expenditure during the first year of its purchase. You don’t need approval for expenditure on energy efficient equipment; normal self-assessment tax provisions apply.