Finance: Saving tax on renovations

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Adam Bernstein identifies tax-friendly routes to upgrading your practice

There is an oft-used phrase among those in the accountancy profession that no one should ‘let the tax tail wag the investment dog,’ meaning investment decisions should not be made solely for tax reasons. But that said, if a practice wants to survive and grow, it will need to invest. Premises are key to this and if it follows the rules set down in law much of the investment can be offset against tax.

Understandably, businesses may take the opportunity to carry out improvements at the same time as repairs. But to Helen Thornley, a technical officer at the Association of Taxation Technicians, there are distinct differences between repairing and improving business premises, each of which can have huge tax consequences.

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