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Investment Tax Allowances

 

Investment Tax Allowances

Chris Bibey
by Chris Bibey

With a struggling economy, countries all over the world have made changes to their tax systems. Some of them help taxpayers and businesses, while others appear to cause more harm than good. When it comes to taxes and investments, you need to know what you can do to make your money work for you. With investment tax allowances, you may be able to better your income tax situation in no time at all by decreasing your liability.

What can investment tax allowances do for you? Just like investment tax credits, tax allowances permit individuals or businesses to deduct a certain percentage of investment costs. If you are not thinking of tax and investments in the same thought you could be missing out on a great opportunity to save money.

Do investment tax allowances really work? With credits in place, it has been proven that individuals are more likely to invest and save in a responsible manner. For instance, allowances on retirement contributions, health care premiums, and mortgage interest are available in many countries. Those who may not have previously invested decide to do so thanks to the allowances available to them. If you are not taking advantage of tax allowances, if you qualify, you are leaving money on the table and in turn paying more than you have to.

By becoming familiar with investment tax allowances and how they affect your situation, you are able to better plan for the future while hopefully lowering your investment tax liability along the way. No matter if you are an individual or a business owner, you want to become familiar with the active investment tax allowances to determine if you can take full advantage of them.

For a better idea of how tax allowances work, consider the following example. In the United States, as well as many other countries, capital allowances allow companies to claim write-offs for setting up new business locations (as long as they are related to the ongoing business process of the current company). In turn, it is more than possible to take advantage of a capital cost allowance for everything from building a new plant for a manufacturing company or a new store for a retail chain. This type of allowance is claimed on your annual income tax return. The bottom line is simple: it allows the company to receive a credit, which subsequently lowers the overall amount of tax that is due.

Now that you know more about tax and investment allowances you can determine if you qualify.