Is it under $500? Yes? Buy it before the 31 March!

Everyone gets confused about what assets are, what depreciation means and when is the best time to buy business assets from a tax point of view. Let me fill you in.

Fixed assets are items that you use for more than a year, like a car. In other words, they last longer than 12 months and so you spread the cost over several years using depreciation to work out how long to spread the cost.

Check out our new blog on depreciation if you’ve ever wondered about what that is and how that works.

But here is a rule that might save you a few tax dollars this year. Fixed assets that cost less than $500 can be written off immediately. You can waltz into Warehouse Stationery on the 31st March and buy a lovely new printer for $349 and the whole lot is tax deductible against your income in this financial year.

Please don’t rush out and buy things just to save tax (spending a dollar to save 33 cents does not make sense!) – but if you need paper, office furniture, electronics and they cost under $500, you might as well sneak that cost into this year.

You’re welcome.