Instant asset write-off 2022

Do you use your vehicle 51% of the time for your business?
You may be able to claim your vehicle's purchase price off your tax!
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Claiming a motor vehicle purchase

If you purchase a vehicle to be used in your business, you can raise this as a business expense so that you get the income tax relief. Under ‘Temporary full expensing’ rules’ eligible businesses, including sole traders, can claim an immediate tax deduction (or instant asset write off) for the business portion of the cost of an asset in the year it is first used. By claiming a tax deduction for the whole amount of the vehicle purchase you can reduce your income in your tax return, and therefore, reduce the tax you have to pay.

Maximum total claimable amount:
​If you purchase a car for your business, the tax deduction available under temporary full expensing is limited to $60,733 for the 2021–22 income tax year.​

Business v.s. private use

The amount you claim as a tax deduction is determined by how much you use the asset to earn your business income. You need records to show how much you use the vehicle in earning your business income. In order to claim an immediate tax deduction for the business portion of the cost of a car you need to keep a logbook, recording all the kilometres you travel for work, for at least 12 weeks. That amount divided by the total amount you used the car (including for personal use) is what is used to calculate your tax deduction.

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Purchasing a vehicle on finance

If you buy a vehicle on finance, you maybe able to claim a deduction for the purchase price of the vehicle, as per the tax invoice, and not the repayment amounts to the Finance company. You will need to have a copy of the tax invoice to confirm the purchase details of the car being paid off to claim a tax deduction for the car as an asset as per a regular motor vehicle purchase.​​

The only difference when paying on finance is that you can also claim the interest charges you incur from the Finance company as a business expense using the same business use percentage that you used when claiming the total cost of the car e.g. 25%.​​

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Frequently asked questions

How much can I borrow?

Current lenders have capacity to finance commercial vehicles from $5,000 up to $250,000. Individual and business circumstances may affect the maximum loan amount.

Do I need a deposit to take out a business car loan?

No. A deposit is not required for a commercial car loan.

Are all vehicles eligible for the instant asset write off?

Certain types of vehicles are eligible for the Australian Government’s instant asset write off. If eligible, the asset may be written off immediately and a tax deduction claimed for the business portion of the purchase cost. Learn more about the ATO’s instant asset write off.

Can I claim a tax deduction on my business vehicle?

You may be eligible to claim a tax deduction on your business vehicle depending on the vehicle, company structure and vehicle usage. Learn more about claiming a tax deduction for motor vehicle expenses.

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