Instant Asset Write-Off: How Does This Affect Me?

On the 2nd of April 2019, the threshold for small business instant asset write-off increased from $25,000 to $30,000. Announced by the Government, this increase is available to all ‘small businesses’ with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $10 million.

What is instant asset write-off?

Businesses that meet the criteria of a ‘small business’ (if unsure, check your eligibility by clicking here) are able to write-off 100% of new or used business assets up to the value of $30,000 as long as those assets acquired are used in the same financial year. It is important to note that there is no limit to how many assets can be written-off, as long as each asset is less than $30,000 (excluding GST)

What does this mean for my business if I plan to sell?

If you are planning to sell your business, it is important to highlight the depreciation of these assets when calculating your adjusted net profit. The downside is that the written down values of these assets being sold with the business will be a great deal less than what you originally paid for them which means that a buyer will want to negotiate a lower price for these assets as the Buyer will not be able to depreciate these assets as the new owner.

What does this mean if I am looking to buy a business?

As a buyer, the written down value of the assets being sold with the business may allow you to acquire quality business assets at a lower price by arguing that the seller has already obtained a tax advantage with the accelerated depreciation. However, the downside is that the Goodwill may be affected as a result if the price remains as advertised, because the assets will have a lower written down value, therefore increasing the Goodwill component in the purchase price of the business.

As always, we encourage all business owners and potential buyers to discuss tax concessions and individual situations in detail, gaining a thorough understanding of your unique situation and how best to proceed when selling your business or purchasing an existing business.

If you are planning to sell your business or looking to buy an existing business, contact Core Business Brokers today. We would be honoured to guide you through your business sale or business purchase journey. Contact us on (02) 9413 2977 to chat with one of our experienced and friendly team or email us at [email protected]

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