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A grant is an amount of money given to an individual or business for a specific project or purpose.
You can apply for a grant from the government, the European Union, local councils and charities.
- you won’t have to pay a grant back or pay interest on it
- you won’t lose any control over your business
Financial assistance in the form of grants is subject to the normal taxation rules, as supplemented by S105 Income Tax (Trading and Other Income) Act 2005 and S102 Corporation Tax Act 2009 (see BIM40465). Under normal rules the tax treatment of grants will depend on whether they are capital or revenue.
Grants which meet revenue expenditure, such as interest payable, are normally trading receipts.
See also Smart v Lincolnshire Sugar Co. Ltd  20TC643 and Burman v Thorn Domestic Appliances (Electrical) Ltd  55TC493.
Grants which meet capital expenditure are normally not trading receipts.
Grants that may be capital in nature include those paid to acquire capital assets or to facilitate the cessation of a trade or part of a trade.
See The Seaham Harbour Dock Co. v Crook  16TC333).
A capital grant reduces any qualifying capital expenditure for capital allowance purposes, see CA14100.
See BIM40451 for more details
The Accounting Rules are set out in section 24 of FRS102, neatly explained by Steve Collings in his blog, click here to read it
Apply before 31st March to get up to £2,000 from the Government for professional business advice
• Growth Vouchers are a grant from the Government to help businesses like yours get business advice from accredited advisers.
• The voucher match-funds your investment in professional advice for your business so you could get a grant of up to £2,000 towards the cost of the advice.
You can use the voucher to get advice on:
• Finance – and how to manage your cash flow better
• Recruiting staff – how to develop their skills
• Improving management and leadership skills
• Marketing – attracting and keeping customers
• Technology – and how your business can make the most of it.
The New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help people start their own business if they get certain benefits and have a business idea that could work.
The scheme has resulted in:
- around 460 new businesses being set up each week – around 53,000 in total
- 12,360 businesses being started by people aged 50 or over
- 10,040 disabled people becoming their own boss
- 3,920 started by young people
People who don’t qualify for the scheme may be able to get other help with setting up a business.
Business Mentors have a key role to play
The New Enterprise Allowance is available to:
- people over 18 who are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance
- lone parents on Income Support
- people on Employment and Support Allowance in the work-related activity group
People on the scheme get expert help and advice from a business mentor who will help them to develop their business idea and write a business plan. If the business plan is approved, they are eligible for financial support payable through a weekly allowance over 26 weeks up to a total of £1,274.
There are also Start Up Loans…
A government funded scheme to provide advice, business loans and mentoring to startup businesses
The Government has announced an extension to the Listed Places of Worship Scheme which will take effect from 1 October 2013.
The Listed Places of Worship Scheme makes a grant available towards the cost of the VAT on building work for listed places of worship.
More churches will be eligible to claim from 1 October 2013 when works to pipe organs, bells and bell ropes, and turret clocks may be included for claims under the scheme. Just as importantly professional fees will also become eligible when directly related to eligible building work. This reverses a previous change which forced local communities to find the additional cost of VAT on services such as architect’s fees.
In addition to these changes to the scope administrative changes should simplify the claim procedure. This will allow applicants to make one claim every 12 months for eligible invoices totaling between £500 and £1,000. This is in addition to an unlimited number of claims for work of £1,000 or more. There will no longer be a requirement to send the original invoices, and weekly payment runs will help to ease the cash flow for cash-strapped communities.
These very welcome changes show that the Government has listened to the concerns of communities struggling to maintain listed buildings for the benefit of the nation from the donations of individual households. The fixed budget for this grant scheme was increased in 2012-13 to £42 million with the intention of eliminating the lottery of the previous year where churches had to submit claims with the hope of reclaiming all of the eligible VAT only to find that they received less than 50% when the number of claims in the quarter went over the budget available. It is no surprise that taxes raised by stealth on charitable donations are unpopular.
Millbrook Financial Management