*Please refer to the Australian Tax Office website to see whether your business qualifies for the instant asset write off and speak to your tax
professional for advice tailored to your individual circumstances. 


The IAWO threshold

Businesses with a turnover of under $50 million will have access to a tax-free payment of up to $25,000 to help boost cash flow.

The threshold applies on a per asset basis, so eligible businesses can immediately write‑off multiple assets. Choose from hundreds of cars and industrial assets on offer to take up the new Government tax benefits. This stimulus program has now been extended until 31 December 2020.

Increasing the instant asset write-off

Under the new Instant Asset Write-Off scheme, your business can now claim an immediate deduction of $150,000 for the purchase from Pickles whether it is new or second hand. With this new arrangement, you will pay less tax in 2019-20 helping your business cash flow and withstand and recover from the economic impact of the Coronavirus.

Key Benefits to SMEs


The instant asset write-off has been supercharged - threshold increased to $150,000 for businesses with an annual turnover less than $500 mill


Accelerated depreciation scheme to support business investment - Deduct an additional 50 per cent of the asset cost in the year of purchase


A cashflow boost will be provided to small and medium-sized businesses

Example of how the instant asset write-off can help your business

Owen owns a company, ON Point Farms Pty Ltd, through which he operates a farming business in the Central Wheat Belt of Western Australia. ON Point Farms Pty Ltd has an aggregated annual turnover of $25 million for the 2019 20 income year. On 1 May 2020, Owen purchases a second hand tractor for $140,000, exclusive of GST, for use in his business.

Under existing tax arrangements, ON Point Farms Pty Ltd is not able to immediately deduct assets costing more than $30,000 and instead would depreciate the tractor using an effective life of 12 years. Choosing to use the diminishing value method, ON Point Farms Pty Ltd would claim a tax deduction of $3,899 for the 2019 20 income year.

Under the new $150,000 instant asset write off, ON Point Farms Pty Ltd would instead claim an immediate deduction of $140,000 for the purchase of the tractor in the 2019 20 income year, $136,101 more than under existing arrangements. At the company tax rate of 27.5 per cent, Owen will pay $37,427.78 less tax in 2019 20.

This will improve ON Point Farms Pty Ltd’s cash flow and help his business withstand and recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus.

Example taken from business.gov.au website

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