How to save up to 56% on any work purchase under $20,000

tax-timeThis year the announcement of the extended tax incentive will allow small business to claim business purchases for items up to $20,000 in value.

This means that, depending on your tax bracket, it may be possible to get a whopping 56% back from your purchase. This initiative began in 2015 and was set to run out in 2017, but has now been extended until 2018. Read on and we’ll show you how to save up to 56% on business purchases.

Check your business

The new rules for tax claiming are aimed specifically at small businesses. As of 2017, this is defined as those that have an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million. If that’s you, then you might be eligible for some great savings.

Register for GST

Your business is probably already be registered for GST. But just to give you a quick summary, you must register for GST if:

  • Your business has a GST turnover (gross income minus GST) of $75,000 or more.
  • Your non-profit organisation has a GST turnover of $150,000 per year or more.
  • You provide taxi or limousine travel for passengers in exchange for a fare as part of your business, regardless of your GST turnover.
  • You want to claim fuel tax credits for your business or enterprise.

Check your tax bracket

Next you need to know your tax bracket. This will be determined by how much money you make and can be figured out by the table below:

Taxable income Tax on this income
0 – $18,200 Nil
$18,201 – $37,000 19c for each $1 over $18,200
$37,001 – $87,000 $3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
$87,001 – $180,000 $19,822 plus 37c for each $1 over $87,000
$180,001 and over $54,232 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000


In past tax years it has been possible to reclaim the cost of asset purchases through depreciation, which is essentially the amount of value your asset loses each year that you own it. Previous rates had been set so that you could claim 15% of your purchase in the first year, and then 30% of the remaining balance each year until the whole balance would be written off. You still could do this, but this year has brought something new.

$20,000 first year tax claim

This year you will be able to reclaim the full amount of any purchase in the first year, on purchases up to $20,000. Now, obviously, this doesn’t mean free stuff. You’ll still have to buy the asset in the first place and you can only reclaim against your tax rate, but if you’re in the highest tax bracket that could be up to 56%.


So, if you buy something that costs $20,000 for your business, and you use it 100% for that business (ie, no personal use) and you’re in the highest tax bracket earning $180,001 or more and you’re registered for GST then after your claim the effective cost of that asset will be $9,636.36.

That’s a staggering saving of 56.09%.

And if you want more information, more numbers and more statistics, why not check out the page below. That has an in depth guide to claiming for your purchases of up to $20,000.

Full guide on the $20,000 claim ceiling.

DISCLAIMER: Many of the comments in this article are general in nature and anyone intending to apply the information to practical circumstances should seek professional advice to independently verify their interpretation and the information applicability to their own particular circumstances.

Shirley Liu

Shirley Liu is a program manager at finder, formerly the publisher for Banking and Investments. She is passionate about helping people make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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    ramilJuly 9, 2015

    I’m a uber driver am I eligible in this tax incentive?

    Many thanks

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      ShirleyJuly 9, 2015Staff

      Hi Ramil,

      Thanks for your question.

      It’s best to confirm with Uber that you’re an independent contractor. Independent contractors or sole traders are eligible to claim this benefit.


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      ramilJuly 9, 2015

      Thanks Shirley

      For your reply have a great day

      Kind regards

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