Part 1 - How to Take Advantage of the Small Business Asset Deduction Opportunity

Part 1 - How to Take Advantage of the Small Business Asset Deduction Opportunity

Some practices keen on expanding their operations are sometimes held back by the potential consequences on their cash flow. The addition of much-needed equipment must be carefully weighed and considered, taking into account how the purchase of these can affect the practice's liquidity over the short and long term.

In order to take advantage of this measure introduced in the 2015 Federal Budget, small businesses will need to pool assets which cost $20,000 or more and then depreciate these at a rate of 15 percent in the first year and 30 percent in the following year.

The scheme will be available for small businesses until June 30, 2017.

What are depreciating assets that are included under this scheme?

The term depreciating asset refers to assets that have a limited effective life and are expected to decline in value over a given time frame. These assets may include plant and equipment, office furniture and fittings, work vehicles, tools and machinery. Not included are land, some types of computer software, intangible assets, and items of trading stock.

Practices that are keen on taking advantage of this opportunity are encouraged to consult with their legal and accounting teams. Businesses and practices that can immensely benefit from this opportunity are those who have been planning on making purchases for quite some time.

Small businesses should be aware that this opportunity is a tax deduction and not a grant or allowance. And if the business is not making a good profit, it cannot take full advantage of the tax deduction.

Experts also warn that for practices that have not yet been registered for GST, the deduction includes the GST and can push practices over the $20,000 threshold. Finally, if the asset purchased will be partly for personal use, the asset can be added to the GST component which can also push the practice over the said threshold.

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PS: Keep an out eye out for e-mail two of this series. We will share the thoughts gleaned from our interview with a specialist Accountant, who provides services to business owners within the medical profession



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