Small and Medium Business Tax Planning: Asset Write-Off Increased to $30,000

May 2019 | Finance

Before the election was announced, the Parliament approved that business entities with an annual turnover of less than $50m, can now Write-Off assets that cost less than $30,000 in the year that they buy them. The Government decided to extend the small business relief (businesses with less than $10m turnover) to include medium businesses (businesses with less than $50m turnover).

If you want to finance this equipment or a vehicle, it is our view from a tax perspective to finance the equipment or vehicle against that particular asset (rather than from cash reserves from the business, or from a redraw from a directors house). For tax and advice relating to your finance, please let us know, and our Finance Team can assist, in conjunction with our Tax Team to make sure that you get the maximum tax deduction allowable, along with the best finance structure.

This now applies for any asset purchased after 2 April 2019, and before 30 June 2020. Further details for assets purchased from 1 July 2018 to 1 April 2019 are shown in the table below.*

For business owners looking to get tax planning and tax deductions now, before 30 June 2019, it is a good time to consider this and to claim a full tax deduction. The asset must be first used, or installed and ready for use, by 30 June 2019 to claim the deduction in this financial year.

Most clients looking for the best use of this increased Write-Off allowance are looking to buy a vehicle, or a piece of machinery (coffee machines, tools, processing equipment) that are under $30,000 to obtain the full deduction.

*This is a summary of the deductions and the dates for this financial year:

Key rate: Small business depreciation — instant asset write-off threshold
Purchase date or date asset first used (or installed ready for use) for a taxable purpose Threshold
Before 2012/13 $1,000
From 2012/13 to 31 Dec 2013 $6,500
1 Jan 2014 to 12 May 2015 7:30 pm (AEST) $1,000
12 May 2015 7:30 pm (AEST) to 28 Jan 2019 $20,000
29 Jan 2019 to 2 April 2019 7:30 pm (AEDT) $25,000
2 April 2019 7:30 pm (AEDT) to 30 June 2020 $30,000
From 1 July 2020 $1,000

Should you be interested in discussing any of the above further, or want to know how we can assist you, contact our Client Services Team at .

Important information and disclaimer

This publication has been prepared by AustAsia Group, including AustAsia Finance Brokers Pty Ltd (Australian Credit Licence No 385068) and AustAsia Accounting Services Pty Ltd (Registered Tax Agent No 7587 3005).

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