Simplified depreciation rules – instant asset write-off

The $20,000 instant asset write-off threshold has been extended to 30 June 2019.

If you are a small business, you can immediately deduct the business portion of most assets that cost less than $20,000 each if they were purchased:

  • From 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019, and your turnover is less than $10 million
  • From 7.30pm on 12 May 2015 to 30 June 2016, and your turnover is less than $2 million.

This deduction is used for each asset that costs less than $20,000, whether new or second-hand.  You claim the deduction through your tax return, in the year the asset was first used or installed ready for use.

On 29 January 2019, the Prime minister announced that the government will introduce legislation to increase the $20,000 instant asset write-off threshold to $25,000 from 29 January 2019 until 30 June 2020.  This proposal is not yet law.