Temporary Full Expensing (TFE)…get in quick!

This could be the final opportunity for your business to take advantage of Temporary Full Expensing (TFE)…but get in before 1 July!

To recap, TFE encourages and supports businesses by allowing an immediate deduction for the business portion of the cost of a depreciating asset. There is no cost threshold – the whole cost of the asset can be written off in the relevant year. However, cars can only be depreciated up to the car limit which is currently $64,741. The car limit does not, however, apply to vehicles fitted out for use by people with a disability. For background, a ‘car’ is defined as a motor vehicle designed to carry a load of less than one tonne and fewer than nine passengers (excluding motor cycles and similar). Therefore, for those vehicles, the car limit has no application, and full depreciation is available. 


The principal benefit of TFE is cashflow. TFE enables businesses to bring forward their depreciation claims, and therefore their deductions upfront, into a single year rather than having them spread out over multiple future years. Ultimately, this assists cashflow which itself is one of the main challenges faced by businesses.


The vast majority of businesses including sole traders will be eligible for TFE as their aggregated, annual turnover will be less than $5 billion.  Until 30 June 2023, under TFE, businesses can claim both new and second-hand depreciating assets where those assets are used or installed ready for use for a taxable purpose.  From a timing standpoint, this means you will not be eligible for TFE in this financial year if you merely order or pay for an eligible asset before 1 July, 2023 – rather, the asset must be used or installed ready for use in your business before this date. 

Ineligible assets

Most business assets are eligible including machinery, tools, furniture, business equipment etc. There are however some ineligible assets as follows:

– buildings and other capital works for which a deduction can be claimed under the capital works provisions in division 43 of the Income Tax Assessment Act (ITAA) (1997) 

– trading stock

– CGT assets 

– assets not used or located in Australia 

– where a balancing adjustment event occurs to the asset in the year of purchase (e.g. the asset is sold, lost or destroyed) 

– assets not used for the principal purpose of carrying on a business 

– assets that sit within a low-value pool or software development pool, and 

– certain primary production assets under the primary production depreciation rules (including facilities used to conserve or convey water, fencing assets, fodder storage assets, and horticultural plants (including grapevines)).

Business plan

Because under TFE you cannot claim any extra depreciation deductions than under the standard depreciation rules, you should stick to your business plan and only continue to buy assets that align with that plan and that you were contemplating buying anyway…and then enjoy the cashflow benefits of TFE.

If you have any questions about TFE – especially around asset eligibility and timing leading up to 30 June – reach out to us.

DISCLAIMER: This information is general in nature. It has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, personal or business circumstances, financial situation or needs. Because of this, you should, before acting on this information, consider in consultation with your adviser, its appropriateness, having regard to your objectives, personal or business circumstances, financial situation and needs.