$20,000 Instant Asset Write-Off Scheduled to Cease

Small businesses have until 30 June 2018 to utilise the instant asset write-off threshold of $20,000. The threshold, which has applied from 12 May 2015, is scheduled to reduce to $1,000 from 1 July 2018.

If you buy an asset and it costs less than $20,000, you can claim an immediate deduction in your tax return for the business portion of each asset (new or second hand) costing less than $20,000, if:

  • You have a turnover of less than $10 million (increased from $2 million on 1 July 2016), and 
  • The asset was first used or installed ready for use in the income year you are claiming it in

Assets that cost $20,000 or more cannot be immediately deducted and will continue to be deducted over time using the general small business pool. You can however write-off the balance of this pool if the balance (before applying any other depreciation deduction) is less than $20,000 at the end of an income year.

When it was first introduced the write-off threshold applied to businesses with a turnover of less than $2 million. Therefore, since 1 July 2016, it has had far wider application than was originally intended due to the change in the turnover limit to $10 million.

In determining the timing of purchases that may qualify for the instant asset write-off, it is noted the period of the write-off threshold was extended previously to 30 June 2018. However, at this time there has been no firm indication that a further extension will be announced in the May 2018 Federal Budget.

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