25 May 2017
Media Release - #2017073, 2017

Instant asset write-off extension one step closer

AN extension to the popular instant asset write-off programme is one step closer thanks to a Bill introduced to Parliament today, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

“Across Australia I heard from hundreds of small businesspeople how helpful the $20,000 instant asset write-off programme is to help businesses grow, pursue new ideas and hire more Australians,” Mr McCormack said.

“I heard from restaurateurs how it creates a ‘chain reaction’, from jewellers how it helped them make products more efficiently and from farmers how they can purchase a new grain feeder to help manage stock.

“I took that feedback to the Budget process and am delighted the Liberals and Nationals in Government have delivered an extension for another year, meaning our 3.2 million small businesses can continue to purchase the new equipment they need and write it off immediately.”

Mr McCormack said the Government recently redefined ‘small business’, meaning businesses with a turnover of up to $10 million now qualify for the programme, as well as reducing the tax rate for small business to its lowest level in many decades.

“Like so many Australians in small business, I understand that profit and turnover aren’t the same,” Mr McCormack said.

“I also know how any cut in the tax you pay will help you expand your business and employ more people, which is why tax cuts – to the lowest level in many decades – are central in our small business plan.

“We have redefined small business to a $10 million turnover so more businesses can use it to write-off the cost of the new equipment they need, to help them have a go and hire more.”

Mr McCormack said the Labor Party has confirmed it will raise taxes for small business and reduce access to the instant asset write-off.

“While our plan backs small business – which already employs almost half the Australian workforce – the Labor Party voted against tax cuts and increasing access to the instant asset write-off,” Mr McCormack said.

“We will support small business to grow and hire more, and it’s clear Labor will stand in the way.”

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