From 1 July this year, new provisions apply to allow certain small businesses, or an entity that is not in business, to immediately claim some start-up costs, including business costs associated with raising capital.

Claimable business-related start-up costs

Expenses can be fully deductible in the year in which they are incurred if the expenditure relates to a small business (annual turnover under $2 million) that is proposed to be carried on and is either:

  • Incurred in obtaining advice or services relating to the proposed structure or the proposed operation of the business (e.g., advice from an accountant or lawyer); or
  • A payment to an Australian government agency of a fee, tax or charge incurred in relation to setting up the business or establishing its operating structure (e.g., the ASIC fee for registering a company).

It does not include the cost of acquiring assets that may be used by the business.

For more information please contact your Account Manager on 02 9406 5900.