Annual Investment Allowance

Using the AIA for growth

What is the Annual Investment Allowance?

The Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) lets the business deduct the cost of certain assets from their taxable profits. This means, in theory, that companies can deduct up to £1m from their taxable profits, saving a substantial amount of money as long as they have invested the money in qualifying expenditure.

The Annual Investment Allowance limit of £1m per tax year is now permanent and no longer expiring in 2023. This is a significant boost to businesses looking to invest in capital equipment.

How does AIA work?

  • You can claim AIA on most assets purchased for use by businesses. It also applies to hire purchase, although not lease-based assets.
  • Qualifying expenditure covers most purchases of plant and machinery including building parts and fixtures, some vehicles (though not cars for private use), heating systems, lifts, air conditioning, lighting systems and specialist equipment integral to running your business.
  • Items must be bought and owned, not rented or gifted to you, and if you end up selling an item that benefited from AIA, then you may have to pay tax subsequently.

How can Lombard help?

At Lombard, lending is all we do, and we’ve been doing it for over 150 years. We are here to support your business with the Annual Investment Allowance. We provide asset finance for firms of all sizes, from small family concerns to large commercial enterprises and across sectors, from manufacturing to renewable energy, technology, agriculture and vehicles and fleets

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Our relationship managers across the UK combine local knowledge with financial expertise and hands-on experience


Delivering a dependable service to all customers, irrespective of funding scope or scale

Flexible funding

You can rely on our proactive attitude to lending to produce the flexible finance your business needs, when you need it

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Want to utilise your AIA?

Make the most of your AIA and its beneficial tax implications with Lombard.

 If you are looking to finance an asset you could get a quote now or speak to one of our experts.

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