843B. Capital allowances for buildings used for the purposes of providing childcare services or a fitness centre to employees
(1) In this section—
“childcare services” means any form of childminding services or supervised activities to care for children, whether or not provided on a regular basis, in respect of which it can be shown that the applicable requirements of the Child Care Act 1991 (Early Years Services) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 221 of 2016) have been complied with;
“construction” has the same meaning as it has in section 270;
“fitness centre” means a gymnasium used exclusively in providing a range of facilities designed to improve and maintain the physical fitness and health of participants;
“qualifying expenditure” means expenditure incurred by an employer, carrying on a qualifying trade or a profession, on the construction of a qualifying premises;
“qualifying premises” means a building or structure which is in use for the purposes of providing either childcare services or the facilities of a fitness centre to employees of the employer referred to in the immediately preceding definition, and where that employer is a company, whether the employees of that company or of a company connected with that company;
(2) The provisions of the Tax Acts relating to the making of allowances or charges in respect of capital expenditure incurred on the construction of an industrial building or structure shall, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in those provisions, apply in relation to qualifying expenditure on a qualifying premises—
(a) as if the qualifying premises were, at all times at which it is a qualifying premises, a building or structure in respect of which an allowance is to be made for the purposes of income tax or corporation tax, as the case may be, under Chapter 1 of Part 9 by reason of its use for the purpose specified in section 268(1)(a), and
(b) where any activity carried on in the qualifying premises is not a trade, as if (for the purposes only of the making of allowances and charges by virtue of paragraph (a)), it were a trade.
(3) In relation to qualifying expenditure incurred on a qualifying premises, section 272 shall apply as if—
(a) in subsection (3)(a)(ii) of that section the reference to 4 per cent were a reference to 15 per cent, and
(b) in subsection (4)(a) of that section the following were substituted for subparagraph (ii):
‘(ii) where capital expenditure on the construction of the building or structure is incurred, 7 years beginning with the time when the building or structure was first used subsequent to the incurring of that expenditure.
(4) Notwithstanding section 274(1), no balancing allowance or balancing charge shall be made in relation to a qualifying premises by reason of any event, referred to in that section, which occurs more than 7 years after the qualifying premises was first used subsequent to the incurring of the qualifying expenditure on the construction of the qualifying premises.
(5) Where relief is given by virtue of this section in relation to qualifying expenditure incurred on the construction of a building or structure, relief shall not be given in respect of that expenditure under any other provision of the Tax Acts.
(6) A person shall not be entitled to allowances under this section while that person is regarded as an undertaking in difficulty for the purposes of the Commission Guidelines on State aid for rescuing and restructuring non-financial undertakings in difficulty1.