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Immediate Deductions Extended

March 2022

The Government has again extended the the temporary immediate deductions for small business.

Introduced in the 2020-21 Budget and now extended until 30 June 2023, immediate deductions for small business enables an asset's cost to be fully deductible upfront rather than being claimed over the asset's life, regardless of the cost of the asset. Legislation passed by Parliament last month extends the rules to cover assets that are first used or installed ready for use by 30 June 2023.

Temporary full expensing enables your business to fully expense the cost of:

  • new depreciable assets
  • improvements to existing eligible assets, and
  • second hand assets

in the first year of use.

Some expenses are excluded including improvements to land or buildings that are not treated as plant or as separate depreciating assets in their own right. Expenditure on these improvements would still normally be claimed at 2.5% or 4% per year.

For companies it is important to note that the loss carry back rules have not as yet been extended to 30 June 2023 – we're still waiting for the relevant legislation to be passed.

If a company claims large deductions for depreciating assets in a particular income year and this puts the company into a loss position then the tax loss can generally only be carried forward to future years. However, the loss carry back rules allow some companies to apply current year losses against taxable profits in prior years and claim a refund of the tax that has been paid.

At this stage the loss carry back rules are due to expire at the end of the 2022 income year, but we are hopeful that the rules will be extended to cover the 2023 income year as well.

Talk to your accountant

We recommend speaking with your accountant about any deductions as part of your usual tax planning. Please contact us on 02 9957 4033 for more information.

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Disclaimer

This article is provided for information purposes only and correct at the time of publication. It should not be used in place of advice from your accountant. Please contact us on 02 9957 4033 to discuss your specific circumstances.

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