Tax experts pen book to help hospitality owners save tax

By Emma Eversham

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The book aims to help restaurant, hotel and pub owners save tax
The book aims to help restaurant, hotel and pub owners save tax
Tax specialists Ray Chidell and Ian Sutton have written a book specifically for owners of hotels, restaurants and pubs that could help them save tax through capital allowances.

The book, titled Capital Allowances for Hotels, Pubs and Restaurants, explains concisely what the allowances involve, shows how a business can tell if a proper claim has not been made, and gives guidance about how to avoid being duped by unscrupulous accountants.

Capital allowances enable businesses to save tax and are of particular interest for businesses that own or lease commercial property such as hotels and restaurants. They can also help businesses save money when purchasing equipment, such as a new kitchen, but are often misunderstood or not used to their full potential.

"There is nothing dodgy about these allowances - they are a legitimate part of our tax system but the opportunities to save tax are often missed as many accountants do not understand the rules well. This can cost owners many thousands of pounds," said Chidell.

Chidell, who has worked as a tax specialist for 25 years and has written about tax topics for family businesses, said the book, thought to be the first in this area, would take about an hour to read, and once understood, could help owners save 'substantial amounts of tax'.

Chidell added: "The book has been written specifically for business proprietors, rather than for their accountants, and is clearly presented in language appropriate for business people who are not tax specialists but who need to have some understanding of the issues."

The book is available from​ for £14.50.

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Hospitality capital allowances

Posted by Andy Nicol,

Capital Allowance claims need to be completed by competent experts who have access to the formulae for establishing a claim. A quality hotel can expect to reclaim over 10% of the purchase price of the property, as long as they take the right advice.

A rebate estimator is available here

Furthermore, legislation is due to change in early 2012 which will restrict retrospective claims to the first 12 months of purchase.

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