In response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on Australian enterprise, the Federal Government has introduced changes to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (ITAA).
In response to the economic impact of COVID-19 on Australian enterprise, the Federal Government has introduced changes to the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) (ITAA). These changes have increased the allowance for Instant Asset Write-Offs (IAWO) and introduced the Backing Business Investment (BBI) incentive. The impact of these changes on intellectual property rights are as follows:
If the IAWO does not apply, the BBI incentive may apply.
There is no limit on the number of assets a business may write-off under the IAWO (or depreciate) according to the BBI provisions in a single income year.
The criteria for an entity to claim the instant asset write-off are:
The criteria for an entity to expense depreciation at an accelerated rate under the BBI provisions are:
From 1 July 2020 the asset threshold under the IAWO will revert to $1,000 for businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million, and $30,000 for businesses with a turnover of less than $50 million. From 1 July 2020 businesses with an aggregated turnover greater than $50 million will be ineligible for IAWO. Accelerated depreciation afforded under the BBI will cease entirely from 1 July 2021.
On 4 April 2020, Evolved Feet Pty Ltd acquire a registered design for footwear for $129,000. On 8 May 2020, Evolved Feet begin using the registered design to manufacture shoes for sale to consumers. Through the sale of shoes to consumers, Evolved Feet generates assessable income. Under the IAWO, Evolved Feet is entitled to deduct the entire $129,000 for the 2019-2020 income year.
On 21 February 2021, Protect Metals acquire a disc harrows patent for $400,000. On 24 February 2021, Protect Metals begin selling patented disc harrows. Protect Metals has an aggregated turnover of less than $10 million and would ordinarily be entitled to depreciate the asset at 15%.
The BBI provisions allow Protect Metals to depreciate 50% of the cost of the asset ($200,000) plus the usual depreciation amount of 15% calculated as though the cost of the asset were reduced by 50% (15% of $200,000 being $30,000). The total depreciation of the disc harrows patent being $230,000 for the income year 2020-2021.