Small business support – $20,000 instant asset write-off
From 1 July 2023
The government has announced it will temporarily increase the instant asset write-off threshold to $20,000, from 1 July 2023 until 30 June 2024.
Small businesses, with aggregated annual turnover of less than $10m, 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. The $20,000 threshold will apply on a per asset basis, so small businesses can instantly write off multiple assets.
Assets valued at $20,000 or more (which cannot be immediately deducted) can continue to be placed into the small business simplified depreciation pool and depreciated at 15 per cent in the first income year and 30 per cent each income year thereafter.
The provisions that prevent small businesses from re-entering the simplified depreciation regime for 5 years if they optout will continue to be suspended until 30 June 2024.
Helping small business manage their tax instalments and improve cash flow
From 1 July 2023
The government has announced it will amend the tax law to set the GDP adjustment factor for pay as you go (PAYG) and GST instalments at 6 per cent for the 2023–24 income year, a reduction from 12 per cent under the statutory formula.
The reduced factor will provide cash flow support to small businesses and other PAYG instalment taxpayers.
The 6 per cent GDP adjustment rate will apply to small businesses and individuals who are eligible to use the relevant instalment methods (up to $10m aggregated annual turnover for GST instalments and $50m annual aggregate turnover for PAYG instalments), in respect of instalments that relate to the 2023–24 income year and fall due after the enabling legislation receives Royal Assent.
Small business energy incentive
From 1 July 2023
The government has announced small and medium businesses, with aggregated annual turnover of less than $50m, will be permitted to deduct an additional 20 per cent of the cost of eligible depreciating assets that support electrification and more efficient use of energy. Up to $100,000 of total expenditure will be eligible for the Small Business Energy Incentive, with the maximum bonus deduction being $20,000.
A range of depreciating assets, as well as upgrades to existing assets, will be eligible for the Small Business Energy Incentive. These will include assets that upgrade to more efficient electrical goods, such as:
• energy-efficient fridges
• heat pumps and electric heating or cooling systems, and
• demand management assets such as batteries or thermal energy storage.
Eligible assets will need to be first used or installed ready for use between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024. Eligible upgrades will also need to be made in this period.
Certain exclusions will apply such as electric vehicles, renewable electricity generation assets, capital works, and assets that are not connected to the electricity grid and use fossil fuels.
Disclaimer and Warning
The information above is of a general nature only. It should not be used as a source to make financial decisions. It’s also important to note that the legislation and figures related to this topic tend to change regularly and therefore the information above may not reflect the current status. We recommend that if you are looking for advice on this matter, you should contact us.
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