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Enhanced Capital Allowances. Tax Relief for Businesses Investing in Technologies Benefiting Water Use and Quality. The ECA Scheme. What is the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme designed to do? What are they worth to companies? Which products and technologies can qualify? How to claim

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Enhanced Capital Allowances

Tax Relief for Businesses Investing in Technologies Benefiting Water Use and Quality


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The ECA Scheme

  • What is the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme designed to do?

  • What are they worth to companies?

  • Which products and technologies can qualify?

  • How to claim

  • How can you find out more about ECAs?


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The ECA Scheme - Aims

  • To encourage businesses to invest in more sustainable technologies:

    • Through providing fiscal incentive to users; and

    • Through providing a marketing tool for manufacturers, thereby encouraging innovation


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The ECA Scheme

  • ECAs provide:

    • Fiscal incentives to users designed to encourage companies to choose water efficient and water quality enhancing products and technologies

    • Tax relief on qualifying investments within one year, delivering significant cash flow boost and shortening the payback period on investment


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The ECA Scheme

  • Products and technologies qualifying for an ECA are listed on the Water Technology List and encourage sustainable water use

  • They deliver significant long-term financial benefits – e.g. just by being water efficient - over and above the enhanced tax relief


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How much of an incentive is it?

  • Assuming there are sufficient profits for the Capital Allowances to be written off against and a Corporation Tax rate of 30%:

    • Capital Allowances are a benefit of £7.50 for every £100 spent

    • 100% First Year Allowances (or ECAs) are benefit of £30 for every £100 spent

    • All allowances due in first year – positively affecting cash flow

    • Additional benefits over 10 years


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How much is the enhanced tax benefit?


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The Water Technology List

  • Details of qualifying products and technologies can be found on the Water Technology List, which is in two parts:

    Water Technology Criteria List

    • Published in July 2003

    • Sets out the technologies and their specific criteria

    • Reviewed on an annual basis

      Water Technology Product List

    • To be published Autumn 2003

    • Lists all qualifying products on which the tax relief can be claimed

    • Updated monthly www.eca-water.gov.uk


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Specific qualifying products and technologies

  • Meters and monitoring equipment

  • Flow controllers

  • Leakage detection equipment

  • Low flush toilets

  • Efficient taps

  • Rainwater Harvesting Equipment

  • www.eca-water.gov.uk


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How much can you claim?

  • The price paid for a new product

  • Costs directly associated with the installation of the kit

  • For more details see www.eca-water.gov.uk or www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk

  • Claims can be made only for products appearing on the Water Technology List at the time of investment


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How you claim

  • Claim your ECA as part of your normal income /corporation tax return calculations:


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How to find out more

Visit the ECA web site:

  • Contains the Water Technology List

  • Provides contact details for manufacturers and suppliers

  • Includes news, forthcoming events and downloadable information

    • www.eca-water.gov.uk


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How to find out more

Call the Environment and Energy Helpline for

  • Free advice from experts

  • To order ECA publications

  • To find out about forthcoming ECA events

    0800 58 57 94


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How to find out more

Other people to ask:

  • Your environmental advisor

  • Your supplier / equipment installer

    • Is the equipment they are recommending on the Water Technology List?

  • Your financial advisor


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The Future

  • Scope is being continually expanded – details of new products and technologies will be featured on the ECA web site

  • Development of water quality enhancing technologies

  • Information online on how to make Defra aware of technologies which could be considered for addition to the Water Technology Criteria Lists in the future


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Other sources of useful information

  • www.defra.gov.uk

  • www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk

  • www.envirowise.gov.uk

Environment and Energy Helpline

0800 585794


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