Understanding the Enhanced Instant Asset Write-Off for Australian Small Businesses

In the dynamic landscape of Australian business, the government has taken a proactive step to bolster the economic health of small businesses. The Instant Asset Write-Off (IAWO) threshold, a critical component of this initiative, has recently undergone a significant amendment. Initially set at $20,000, the threshold has been elevated to $30,000, a move that is currently pending final approval from the lower house.

What is the Instant Asset Write-Off?

The IAWO is a tax deduction scheme that allows businesses to immediately write off the cost of each asset purchased for business use. The objective is to encourage businesses to invest in their growth by simplifying the process of acquiring new equipment and technology.


Recent Developments

The Australian government, in its latest budget, announced the temporary increase of the IAWO threshold. The Senate has passed this amendment and is now awaiting the lower house’s final sign-off. This legislative change is a beacon of support for small businesses, granting them the ability to claim an immediate tax deduction on the full cost of eligible assets costing less than $30,000 for an additional 12 months. Treasurer Jim Chalmers has confirmed to the Australian Financial Review that the scheme will be extended to the end of June 2025.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the IAWO, businesses must have an aggregated turnover of up to $5 billion. This broad criterion ensures that a vast majority of Australian small businesses can benefit from the program.


Benefits of the IAWO:

  • No Cost Limit: Businesses can purchase new assets without being constrained by a maximum cost limit.
  • Immediate Deduction: The write-off can be claimed in the same financial year in which the asset is first used or installed.
  • Multiple Assets: The IAWO applies to multiple assets as long as the cost of each is below the threshold.
  • New and Second-Hand Assets: The scheme covers both new and second-hand assets.
  • Financed Equipment and Vehicles: Businesses can claim deductions for financed equipment and vehicles, provided they meet eligibility criteria.


Types of Assets Covered

The IAWO covers a wide range of assets, including but not limited to:

  • Business vehicles
  • Office equipment and furniture
  • Machinery and plant equipment
  • Computers and tech devices
  • Tools and instruments


Claiming the Write-Off

To claim the IAWO, businesses must purchase an asset under the threshold amount and use it for business purposes. The business portion of the asset’s use can then be claimed in the tax return for that financial year. It is advisable to consult with an accountant or tax professional to ensure that the asset qualifies for the write-off and to maximize tax deductions.


Strategic Considerations for Businesses

With the current national stock shortages of popular makes and models, businesses looking to upgrade their vehicles or equipment should act swiftly. Acquiring assets before June 30 allows businesses to claim the deduction in the current financial year.



Tax write-offs are a crucial aspect of business tax planning. A thorough understanding of the IAWO can significantly reduce tax liability and result in substantial savings. Businesses are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in their growth and enhance their operational capabilities.

Contact our team for further assistance or to discuss how the IAWO can benefit your business.
Please note that we are not BAS agents at Acacia, so we strongly recommend you research this further and contact your accountant for professional advice.

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