The instant asset write-off has been a boon for small businesses across Australia, but with the tax break set to become much less generous from July 1, 2018 there’s limited time left to take advantage of it.
As a reminder, the law allows businesses to obtain an immediate tax deduction for the whole cost of capital items purchased for use in their business provided the cost of
the asset is less than $20,000.
That could include computer equipment, office furniture, plant and machinery or even a new car.
Only small businesses can claim the deduction. So to qualify, your business needs to have an aggregate annual turnover of less than $10 million.
Only assets valued at $20,000 or less qualify for the instant deduction.
So if the value of the asset is greater than $20,000, the asset must be depreciated over a number of years.
To claim the full deduction, the asset has to be used in the business. If there is personal use of the asset, such as a computer that you use privately as well as in your business, the deduction needs to be pro-rated to reflect this.
From July 1, the cost threshold for the instant asset write-off will fall from $20,000 to $1000.
So if your business needs to invest in capital assets, make sure the purchases are made by June 30.