A person running a business as a sole trader has an annual turnover of 0,000 and taxable income of ,000.
Under the current law, the individual would pay tax of around ,300 in total.
Under the proposed new law, the ,300 tax bill would be reduced by 5%, or 5.
While there is no change in the owner's tax rate, under the new law the individual would pay only ,885 tax.
Only a small number of assets are not eligible (such as horticultural plants and in-house software).
In most cases, specific depreciation rules apply to these assets.
From 1 July 2017, the thresholds for the immediate depreciation of assets will revert back to existing arrangements.
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Small businesses can access accelerated depreciation for the majority of capital asset types.
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With effect from 1 July 2015, individual taxpayers with business income from an unincorporated business that has an aggregated annual turnover of less than million will be eligible for a small business tax discount.
The discount will be 5% of the income tax payable on the business income received, and will be capped at ,000 per individual for each income year, and delivered as a tax offset through their end of year tax return.
The Budget announced that small businesses (aggregate annual turnover less than m) would be able to immediately write off assets they start to use or install ready for use, provided the asset costs less than ,000.
[The existing write-off threshold is ,000.] Eligible assets could include things like cars, vans, kitchen equipment or musical instruments.