Prospa is now open on Saturdays. Call our team between 10am & 4pm to discuss your loan.

Home » Blog » Infographic: How to take advantage of the $20,000 instant asset write-off

Infographic: How to take advantage of the $20,000 instant asset write-off

20k instant tax write-off
Here we unpack what the instant asset write-off actually means for your small business and what you can and can’t claim.

The small business $20,000 instant asset write-off has been extended to June 30 2019, meaning small business owners with a turnover of under $10 million per year can write off assets costing less than $20,000 each.

What is the instant asset write-off?

A tax break that allows small businesses to lower their taxable income from any purchased assets that cost less than $20,000 – in the same income year.

What does it mean for small businesses?

The tax break means owners can reduce their taxable income – and tax payable – in the same financial year an asset was purchased and installed. Assets must be acquired and installed by 30th June 2018 to qualify.

What depreciation rules apply?

  • Write off eligible assets under $20,000 each.
  • Pool other depreciating assets that cost $20,000 or more.
  • Write off that pool balance if it’s under $20,000 at EOFY.
  • Only claim a deduction on the portion of the asset used for business or other tax purposes.

Am I eligible?

Any small business that is currently trading and turns over less than $10 million annually is able to claim the instant asset write-off.

What CAN I claim?

Physical assets used for business can be claimed, including equipment, vehicles, tools and electronics.

Second-hand goods qualify for the tax break

  • Equipment
  • Vehicles
  • Tools
  • Electronics

Small businesses with a turnover under $10million can claim

  • Plants
  • Construction
  • Electricity
  • Software

What CAN’T I claim?

Exclusions from the write-off include horticultural plants, building construction and software allocated to a software development pool. You won’t get $20,000 as a tax refund – the write-off is a deduction of your taxable income.

What does it mean for small businesses?

The $20,000 write-off threshold was extended and now applies until 30 June 2019. If an asset is for both business and personal use, you can only claim the percentage that is used for business.

The big no-no

Don’t double-dip by claiming the write-off and then depreciating the asset in later tax years.

Thinking about purchasing assets to grow your business? Get the funds you need from Prospa and put your plans into action sooner. Assets purchased before 30 June could be eligible for a $20,000 instant asset write-off.


The information in this post is provided for general information only and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs, and where appropriate, seek professional advice from financial, legal and taxation advisors. Although every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the information as at the date of publication, Prospa, its officers, employees and agents disclaim all liability (except for any liability which by law cannot be excluded), for any error, inaccuracy, or omission from the information for any reason, including due to the passage of time, or any loss or damage suffered by any person directly or indirectly through relying on this information.

Keep reading

Business finance: Last century lending vs today

11 February 2020 | 1 min read

More and more small businesses are ditching the old way of borrowing. Here’s why and what’s changed about business finance this century.

Keep reading

How to improve your credit score

22 January 2020 | 4 min read

A poor credit score can be a handbrake on your business, limiting your access to finance or making it more expensive. Here’s some tips on how to improve your credit score.

Keep reading

4 advantages of keeping personal and business finances separate

28 October 2019 | 3 min read

If you’ve got some of your personal finances mixed in with your business finances, here’s four reasons why you might consider starting the separation process.

Keep reading

Subscribe to the Prospa Blog

Be inspired! Sign up to Prospa’s newsletter to receive tips, tools and small business success stories straight to your inbox.