Leasing is a very cost-effective way to invest in business equipment. In addition to its many benefits this option competes very well in simple monetary terms.
Company A has chosen to lease its security equipment and has gained £1,354.23 in tax relief. See the example below to see how leasing is so much more cost efficient than cash purchase.
Equipment Price: £7,500 Lease Period: 3 Years Frequency: Quarterly Company's Tax Rate: 21%
|Cash Purchase||Lease Rental|
|Year||Capital Allowance||Tax Relief||Year||Capital Allowance||Tax Relief|
|1||18% of £7,500 = £1,350||Less 21% = £283.50||1||4 Rentals of £817.73||Less 21% = £686.89|
|2||18% of £6,150 = £1,107||Less 21% = £232.47||2||4 Rentals of £817.73||Less 21% = £686.89|
|3||18% of £5,043 = £907||Less 21% = £190.47||3||4 Rentals of £817.73||Less 21% = £686.89|
|Total Tax Relief £706.44||Total Tax Relief £2060.67|
Just by looking at this example you can see how beneficial leasing your business equipment is! To find out more about the tax relief you will receive click the button below.
When a customer leases equipment, they are able to gain tax relief on 100% of their lease rentals against their corporation tax.
Corporation tax is the tax applied to your customers’ profit at the end of their financial year and this is generally between 20%-24%.
For every lease rental a customer pays they are able to claim 20%-24% in tax relief against their corporation tax, so they are able to keep their cash in the company and not with the HMRC.
To demonstrate the above, please see the following example.
Customer A makes £100,000 profit in their financial year. Customer A than has to pay corporation tax of 20% on this profit, this works out to:
£100,000 profit minus 20% corporation tax = £80,000 profit after tax
The tax they will have to pay is £20,000
Customer B makes £100,000 profit in their financial year. Customer B has to pay corporation tax of 20% on this gross profit. Customer B also has £10,000 worth of lease rentals for the year.
£100,000 gross profit minus £10,000 lease rentals = £90,000
£90,000 minus 20% corporation tax = £18,000
So Customer A pays £20,000 in tax and Customer B pays £18,000 in tax. Customer B has saved £2,000 in tax.
They will receive tax relief in the form of Capital Allowances. When purchasing equipment via cash, they will commonly receive a percentage of Writing Down Allowance as capital allowance.
The writing down allowance is a percentage of the value of the equipment they own of which they can claim capital allowances on.
Just like leasing, the tax relief they can claim is set against their corporation tax. The only difference is how much they can claim.
As the writing down allowance is based on a piece of equipment that will devalue in price the longer they own it, as a result the tax relief will decrease.
The writing down allowance is set at 18% and the customer is able to claim between 20%-24% against their corporation tax.
We are not surprised, the below explanation may help.
If a customer pays cash for a new £7,500 security system, at the end of their first financial year, they can claim 20% in tax relief of 18% of the value of the equipment, which is as follows:
18% of £7,500 is £1,350. Of this £1,350 they can claim 20% against their corporation tax which is £270.
At the end of the second year, the tax relief they can claim will be lower as the equipment has been devalued by 18%.
The new value of the equipment is £7,500 minus £1,350 which equals £6,150.
Of this is £6,150, they can claim ‘20% in tax relief’ of ‘18% of the value of the equipment’, which is as follows:
18% of £6,150 is £1,107. Of this £1,107 they can claim 20% against their corporation tax which is £221.40.
Over a two year period, your customer has gained £491.40 in tax relief.
If you look at the table above which compares the tax relief your customer would receive if they paid cash rather than leased it, then your answer could be no.
Many of our customers who were new to leasing now only use this method of investment when obtaining equipment.
Here are some of the many reasons why:
Leasing benefits your business now and far into the future.