Generous Depreciation In Its Final Days

This month’s federal budget confirmed that temporary full expensing (TFE) is now in its final days.

To recap, TFE will cease and be replaced by a $20,000 instant asset write-off (IAWO) from 1 July 2023.

Changes to depreciation rules and thresholds

Under this change, small businesses (aggregated annual turnover of less than $10 million) will be able to immediately deduct the full cost of eligible assets costing less than $20,000 that are first used or installed ready for use between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024. 

Assets valued at $20,000 or more (which cannot be immediately deducted) will be placed into a small business simplified depreciation pool and depreciated at 15% in the first income year and 30% each income year thereafter.

Key dates for taking advantage of TFE (Temporary Full Expense)

TFE, which allows eligible businesses with a turnover of less than $5 billion to deduct the full cost of eligible depreciable assets of any value, is however still available up to 30 June 2023. 

To take advantage of it, and assist your cashflow, note the following dates for 2022-23 whereby an eligible business can claim a deduction for the business portion of the cost of:

  • eligible new assets first held, first used or installed ready for use for a taxable purpose between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023 if you have a turnover of less than $5 billion
  • eligible second-hand assets where both the asset was first held, first used or installed ready for use for a taxable purpose between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023 for entities with aggregated turnover of less than $50 million.

Most business assets are eligible including machinery, tools, furniture, business equipment etc. There are however some ineligible assets as follows:

  • buildings and other capital works for which a deduction can be claimed under the capital works provisions in the Tax Act 
  • trading stock
  • CGT assets 
  • assets not used or located in Australia 
  • where a balancing adjustment event occurs to the asset in the year of purchase (e.g. the asset is sold, lost or destroyed) 
  • assets not used for the principal purpose of carrying on a business
  • assets that sit within a low-value pool or software development pool, and certain primary production assets under the primary production depreciation rules (e.g. facilities used to conserve or convey water, fencing assets, fodder storage assets, and horticultural plants (including grapevines)).

Tip for maximizing cashflow and making informed asset purchases

TFE assists cash flow, which can be one of the biggest killers of small businesses. However, no extra deductions are available under TFE. For this reason, you should continue to only purchase assets that align with your business plan.

For any inquiries regarding the purchase of depreciating assets before the end of the financial year, feel free to contact W Wen & Co at (02)9871 3429.

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