Small Business Wins In Budget 2017 With $20,000 Instant Asset Write-Offs

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If you're a small business owner, the 2017 Federal Budget has one very useful inclusion for you: the continuation of a $20,000 instant asset write-off for equipment expenses.

Ticking a box that was forecast back in January, the scheme that was originally planned to run from 2015 to 2017 will be continued in the 2017-18 financial year.

If you're running a business with an annual turnover of less than $10 million, you can claim individual expenses of up to $20,000 worth of depreciating assets in each single instant write-off each financial year. That $10 million threshold has been raised from the previous $2 million, and the government also says it will lower taxes on small businesses.

Medium businesses aren't happy they miss out on the instant write-off, though. Mid-market accountancy firm Pitcher Partners' managing director John Brazzale: “We are disappointed that more has not been done to lower taxes and extend the instant asset write off to mid-sized businesses. Our clients sought greater simplification of the business environment, including lower taxes, and little has been done in this area to build on last year’s cuts."

This article originally appeared on Lifehacker.

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