Don’t Forget About the Write-off Concession of Assets Below $20,000

Business Tax

This measure was introduced as part of the Federal Budget on 12 May 2015 and continues until 30 June 2017, with the bas agent playing a crucial role in offering guidance throughout this period.

The conditions that need to be met to access the concession are as follows:

  • Assets must have been first acquired for use in your business after the start date to be eligible.
  • You can access the concession if you are a small business entity or sole trader (where your annual aggregated turnover is less than $2 million).
  • You can claim an immediate deduction for each eligible asset (new or second-hand) when the asset is used or installed and ready for use in your business.
  • If your business is GST-registered, the write-off threshold is the GST-exclusive cost of the asset, $22,000 (including GST). If your business is not GST registered, the threshold is GST-inclusive $20,000 (including GST).
  • The concession is applied on an asset-by-asset basis, even where the assets purchased are identical or form part of a set. Your supporting documentation needs to itemise each asset separately.
  • The cost threshold is unaffected by any trade-in, your relevant private use portion or any FBT effect.
  • In general, where a general small business pool value falls below $20,000 during the concession period, it can be written off.

The concession

  • It only accelerates the timing of a deduction you would have eventually got anyway (over the asset’s effective life).
  • The increased write-off provides a cash flow benefit by bringing forward your deductions.
  • You should apply standard commercial logic when considering any asset acquisition, notwithstanding you get a full tax deduction for it.

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Kreston Stanley Williamson

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