Small businesses in Bonner are set for simpler Business Activity Statements (BAS) and an extension to the instant asset write-off programme thanks to positive changes in force from July 1, Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta said today.

“Local small businesses are set to benefit from simpler paperwork and yet another year to use the instant asset write-off,” Mr Vasta said.

Mr Vasta said the popular $20,000 instant asset write-off programme will run for another year thanks to an extension in the recent Federal Budget.

“I’ve heard from many local small business owners about how helpful the instant asset write-off is to purchase the new equipment they need to grow, and how it creates what small business calls a ‘chain reaction’ for staff and customers,” Mr Vasta said.

“We listened to that feedback and the Government extended the programme in the 2017-18 Budget. As a result, small businesses with a turnover up to $10 million can continue to purchase the equipment they need to grow up to $20,000 and write it off immediately.”

Mr Vasta said small business tax cuts – which were back-dated to 1 July 2016 so small business reaped the reward immediately – also made more small businesses eligible for the programme. 

“We know turnover above $2 million doesn’t mean you’re a big business, so we have changed the definition to up to $10 million to help even more genuine small businesses grow.”

1 July 2017 also sees a tax cut for the large-employing medium-sized businesses with an annual turnover up to $25 million. 

“Small businesses employ almost one in every two Australians in the workforce. Our changes back them to create even more jobs and keep our economy growing,” Mr Vasta said.

For more information, visit www.business.gov.au/smallbusiness.

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