Goodman Jones Spring Budget 2024

BUDGET l 15 March 2023 12 6 arc 2 24 Extending full expensing to leased assets Currently, leased assets are excluded from both full expensing and the 50% first-year allowance for special rate assets. The government will shortly publish draft legislation on which it will consult about any potential extension of these reliefs to plant and machinery for leasing. Business rates The empty property relief ‘reset period’ will be extended from six weeks to 13 weeks from 1 April 2024 in England. The government will also consult on a General Anti-Avoidance Rule for business rates in England. Eligible film studios in England will benefit from a 40% relief from business rates for ten years from April 2024. Additional support for independent film Additional support for independent films will be given via the audio-visual expenditure credit (AVEC). The independent film tax credit is aimed at films that have budgets (or total core expenditure) of up to £15 million and that receive a new accreditation from the British Film Institute. The credit rate will be 53% of qualifying expenditure. Qualifying expenditure is capped at 80% of a film’s total core expenditure with an upper limit for a film of £6.36 million. The changes will take effect for films that start principal photography from 1 April 2024 on expenditure incurred from 1 April 2024. Expenditure on visual effects Additional tax relief under the AVEC will be given to the costs of visual effects in films and high-end TV. These costs will receive a tax credit at a rate of 39%. The 80% cap on qualifying expenditure will also be removed for visual effects costs. The changes will take effect from 1 April 2025. The government will consult on the types of expenditure that will be within the scope of the additional tax relief. > THINK AHEAD Your business might be entitled to a valuable R&D tax credit – even if it doesn’t make a taxable profit. Check out the latest position; you might be surprised what expenditure may now qualify and how much it could be worth to you.