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HMRC use the Analogy of a shop window….
The cost of a web site is analogous to that of a shop window. The cost of constructing the window is capital; the cost of changing the display from time to time is revenue. (BIM35870)
UITF Abstract 29
Set out 4 key areas of cost:
- Planning – P&L
- Application and infrastructure development – Tangible Fixed Asset
- Design costs – P&L
- Content costs – P&L
HMRC also have some useful information on software in CA23410
Computer software qualifies for PMAs if it is not already plant.
Computer software is not defined in the capital allowance legislation. You should treat computer programs of any type and data of any kind as computer software. Computer programs range from operating systems like Windows to games like Solitaire. There may be no physical asset because software is sometimes transferred by electronic means, for example it may be downloaded over the Internet. Software acquired that way is also plant.
A person may acquire a right to use or otherwise deal with computer software. If so, the right and the software to which it relates are plant. Treat the person as owning the plant while the person is entitled to the right.
Capital Allowances and the Annual Investment Allowance can be claimed against Plant including software.
Displaying the right information on the right documents is important, so here is a quick reminder…
The rules for companies are set out in The Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008
The key sections is…
6. (1) Every company shall disclose its registered name on—
(a)its business letters, notices and other official publications;
(b)its bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements and order forms;
(c)cheques purporting to be signed by or on behalf of the company;
(d)orders for money, goods or services purporting to be signed by or on behalf of the company;
(e)its bills of parcels, invoices and other demands for payment, receipts and letters of credit;
(f)its applications for licences to carry on a trade or activity; and
(g)all other forms of its business correspondence and documentation.
(2) Every company shall disclose its registered name on its websites.
Companies House enforce the regulations and can levy penalties of £1000 for non compliance.
Sole Traders can trade under their own name or a “trading as” name provided its not offensive, contains sensitive or resticted words, includes PLC, Limited Company, LLP or is similar to another business (check the internet for potential conflicts).
Partnerships should show all the partners names or if there are more than 20 partners it may keep a list of names at its principle place of business.
The government wants to make the UK the best place to start and grow a business. In the autumn it will launch a public campaign to celebrate GREAT British business success stories. The government wants to inspire other small businesses and point them towards the support that can help them grow. It will also launch a new strategy for how the whole of government will back them. This will set out a range of measures to continue helping budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses succeed.
If you are a business interested in the ‘Grow Online, Expand Worldwide’ campaign, please call 02070344848 and speak to a member of the Click:Connect:Sell team.
Just 33% of small to medium-sized companies have a digital presence and only 14% sell their products online. But research suggests that if UK SMEs fully adopted online technologies, they could increase annual turnover by £18.8 billion. Here in the UK we’re twice as likely as the OECD average to buy goods online.
UKTI’s ‘Grow Online, Expand Worldwide’ campaign includes local support for:
- 4,000 aspiring web exporters through awareness raising sessions, a webinar campaign and international web workshops.
- 1,200 web export ready businesses through e-commerce masterclasses.
- 1,500 web exporters with bespoke one-to-one advice from experts, tailored website reviews and action planning to access web exporter vouchers – up to £3,000 matched funding.
- 600 companies from the UK retail sector to sell online by helping them to list their products on the world’s leading online sales sites including Alibaba in China and Tejuri in the Gulf.