For the period 12 March 2020 until 30 June 2021, assets first used or installed ready for use qualify (although the beefed-up instant asset deduction can’t be used as well). Other qualifying conditions can be found listed on this ATO web page.
However one area of the accelerated depreciation measure that has initiated a lot of questions from taxpayers centres on vehicles — so much so that the ATO felt compelled to issue a document to answer the more common questions it has been asked (you can download a copy for your clients here).
First of all, and to clear up what could be deemed obvious, but needs to be cleared away from the outset, the following applies:
There is a limit to the value that can be depreciated, which is $57,581 for 2019-20 and $59,136 for 2020-21 (unless the vehicle has a load capacity of more than one tonne or nine passengers, which allows a full cost depreciation).
If your client is a small business using the simplified depreciation rules, an eligible new vehicle can be added to the small business pool, deducting an amount equal to 57.5% (rather than 15%) of the business portion of the vehicle in the year it is added to the pool.
If the less than $500 million turnover entity does not use simplified depreciation, they can immediately deduct 50% of the cost of the vehicle (within limit), plus depreciate the balance. Anything over the limit is not covered.
Source: Tax & Super Australia, 14th July 2020, https://taxandsupernewsroom.com.au/vehicles-and-new-accelerated-depreciation-under-backing-business-investment/