Claiming Your Artworks As A Tax Deduction In 2023

If you’re asking yourself whether this is possible, then you’ve come to the right place to read more about. With June just starting tomorrow it’s a good time to assess how your assets can work for you. We’re going to break down what you need to know to claim a tax deduction on your artwork acquisitions.

Who can claim art as a tax deduction?

The good news is, regardless of why you bought your latest artwork, in the Australian Taxation Office’s eyes, artwork is both an investment and a depreciating asset. This means it may be claimed as a deduction. The amount you can claim will be determined by the size of your business and whether you are an employee.

If you work from home as an employee*, you may claim a deduction for your artwork up to the value of $300 as part of your home office expenditure. Any value greater than $300 must be claimed using the usual decline in value rules.

However, if you are a small to medium-sized business owner* (turning over less than $500million annually) the amount you can claim is much greater. It won’t matter if your office is a home office or something else, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) classifies artwork as both an investment and a depreciating asset. This means it makes any artwork purchases eligible for the instant asset write-off measure.

How much can I claim?

As a depreciating asset, artwork is normally subject to a very low rate of depreciation. This is because their useful life is assessed as 100 years. So the depreciation rate for artworks will be around 1% per year. Being able to claim 1% of the cost of an artwork as a deduction is not very enticing. It is also not likely to influence your decision about whether to purchase art for your office.

The good news is, being classified as a depreciating asset qualifies art for the instant asset write-off measure. The threshold for this was raised in 2020 from $30,000 to $150,000*. This means business owners can now claim up to $150,000 per painting or sculpture. And, there is no limit to how many pieces of art you can make this claim for. That’s a much better side perk to buying artwork!

What is the criteria for the artwork?

In order to claim a tax deduction on artwork purchased for your office, the artwork has to meet four criteria to be eligible for the instant asset write-off. It must be:

  1. Tangible;
  2. Capable of being moved;
  3. Purchased with the dominant purpose of display in a business premise; and
  4. Not be trading stock.

Art can be such a wonderful representation of your organisation’s vision and purpose. It’s also a great opportunity to create a connection with both your employees and your clients or customers. You may wish to feature a local artist, or up and coming artists.

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Let us help you find the right artworks to your office space whether it is at home or in your company.

PS: *Please speak to your accountant to confirm the amount you can claim.

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