Remember temporary expensing, which allowed just about every business (unless annual turnover was at least $5 billion) to immediately write off the cost of an eligible depreciating asset? Well, that is no longer available. To use temporary full expensing, you had to acquire and use, or install ready for use, an eligible depreciating business asset by 30 June 2023.
The good news for small businesses is that the instant asset write-off is still available.
What is the instant asset write-off?
Eligible businesses can claim an immediate deduction for the business portion of the cost of a depreciating asset in the year the asset is first used or installed ready for use.
Any small business that uses the simplified depreciation rules can claim the instant asset write-off. A small business is a business with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $10 million.
The instant asset write-off applies to eligible depreciating assets costing less than the specified threshold (these are called low-cost assets).
For 2023–2024, the low-cost asset threshold will be $20,000. To take advantage of the $20,000 threshold, you will need to acquire the asset and first use it, or install it ready for use, between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.
The $20,000 threshold applies on a per-asset basis, so small businesses can instantly write off multiple assets. In certain circumstances, the instant asset write-off also applies to additional expenditure incurred on a low-cost asset.