Instantly write off your assets. Source: Unsplash/Lucas Favre

Finance
Mark Story

Cheat sheet on depreciation: Temporary full expensing, instant asset write-offs, and traditional depreciation

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Mark Story
Tax
5 minute Read

When depreciating or ‘writing off’ your business assets, there are four methods the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will accept, which you have to apply in descending order. 

The method currently at the top of the list is temporary full-expensing, which allows SMEs to immediately write-off the full value of all new (or used) assets, without limits on the value of individual purchases. ‘Temporary’ refers to the fact that it does not apply to assets first used or installed for taxable purposes after June 30, 2022, while it expires on June 30, 2023.

It follows from the instant asset write-off, first extended to $20,000 from $1,000 in 2015, then to $150,000 in 2019. Temporary full expensing removed the value cap on purchases from October 2020.

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