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A 100% Tax Deduction on Art? Wow!!

Art Lovers | 15 June 2018

Buying art for the office has never been smarter than now with a government $20,000 tax incentive.

Original art can actually help turn your office space into a truly memorable experience for both your employees and your clients.

So with the extension of the Australian federal government’s $20,000 asset write-off, now is a great time to purchase artworks for your workplace. Artworks with an individual value of up to $20,000 can be 100% written off and there is no limit to how many works a business can claim.

  • This tax deduction is for small business – broadly defined as businesses with less than 10 million dollars turnover
  • The $20,000 limit applies to each individual purchase. You may purchase as many items as you like and claim the deduction on each one.

‘Sulis 2’ by Dinah Wakefield ($2200)

Curating an office space is an important step in the process of any business. The physical environment of your company can either help or hinder your success. And while going through your choice of chairs, tables and computers, you should also consider artwork. Bare walls are not inspiring! Art in the office can send a message about your company and its values. Not to mention it shows you care about your space’s appearance; you have an attention to detail and an interest in aesthetics, which means a client is more likely to take your company more seriously and feel more at “home” in your office.

Snapper Rocks‘ by Ronzo ($3990)

Consider buying art for your business as buying an investment. If you buy a quality, original piece from an emerging artist, the work’s value will remain or, even better, increase over time. Plus, it’s tax deductable, so keep that receipt!

Once you’ve made the decision to incorporate art into your space, keep these extra points in mind to get the best work of art for your business.

Wondering‘ by Sioux Tempestt ($775)

How does it add to the business experience?

When choosing artwork, you should keep in mind the type of business, and what clientele you are trying to appeal to. See it as something to set the right emotional tone for your clients or customers. So, for example, if you’re a veterinary hospital, a painting with animals could be a good choice. If you’re a pediatrician, then a fantasy piece could appeal to younger children. A business that supports women might show feminine strength in a large female portrait.

Make sure that the work you invest in aligns with the values of the company, and adds to the experience of the clients and customers.

Secret Smile‘ by Lesley Taylor ($650)

Is it memorable?

Every business wants to be memorable! If you choose right, your artwork should help create a memorable experience at your workplace. More importantly, memorable connotes unique and one-of-a-kind. And the best way to resolve this want? Buy original art.

Buying original art as opposed to buying a standard print from the closest department store is going to greatly contribute to the impression your office space leaves. Firstly, that cheap print will eventually deteriorate and lose its value while the original will maintain its value. And buying an original means buying something your clients won’t see anywhere else. Memorable artwork, memorable business.

Your Love Calms Me‘ by Belinda Nadwie ($695)

Does your team love it?

While the common mantra is that the customer/client is always first, happy workers are the building block to help achieve that. Remember, when picking a piece, to keep in mind the enjoyment of your colleagues and employees. A stimulating, well-designed workspace with an inspiring original work of art will get your team will be excited to show up to work each day, plus it can even increase productivity.

You could even turn the process of choosing your art into a fun team activity. Invite your team to choose what their favourite painting is and take a vote. Get those creative juices flowing!

Closer‘ by John Giese ($2500)

Is it appropriate?

It goes without saying, but buying for an office space means there are a few more limits to what you can buy. As a general rule, your artwork should be able to be seen by the general public. This means nothing crude, no unnecessary nudity, violence or crass language. Focus on promoting positive emotions through the work.

Roads, rivers and tracks‘ by Jennifer Bell ($485)

Have you considered size?

Make sure you know your space and know what you can accommodate for. But, more importantly, make sure you aren’t underestimating the space you have.

If you have the space, buying big, statement décor will actually be very effective. Take advantage of the space you’re given and splurge on a big, bold piece to really brighten up your office.

Call of the Koel (The Preciousness of Water)‘ by Tillian ($3800)

Remember to buy before June 30th, 2018 to claim the Australian Government $20,000 tax incentive. There’s never been a better time to buy art for your business than right now.

That Day We Met‘ by Debra Sutton ($625)

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(**Please note: Art Lovers Australia stand behind the application on this tax deduction for the purchase of art but as always, buyers should seek their own taxation advice.)



Yes, artworks are depreciable assets. Provided the art works are used or displayed in business premises then presently those artworks may be depreciated. The announcement allows artworks acquired from 12 May 2015 to 30 June 2018 to be depreciated at 100%.

T square series Nozawa sunflowers‘ by Jane Hoggard ($1130)


The announcement applies to a person carrying on business with a turnover of less than $10 million, generally the test for a small business.

For example:  lawyers and doctors, accountants and financial planners, engineers and architects, plumbers and electricians, storekeepers and franchisees conducting their own business with an annual turnover of $10 million may apply the concession of a 100% depreciation for artworks.


Yes, there is no limit on the number of artworks that may be purchased and depreciated at 100%. Several works of different artists or several works of the same artist might be purchased.

Golden‘ by Franko ($1990)


The limit of less than $20,000.00 applies to each artwork and not to the total number of artworks purchased. Several artworks might be purchased with a total cost of more than $20,000.00.

For example:  if 3 artworks, each of which cost $15,000.00, were purchased for a total of $45,000.00 then each of the 3 artworks may qualify for the incentive because each cost less than $20,000.00.


Yes, the announcement applies both to new and old artworks. The artworks must have been purchased between 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2018**  to qualify for the 100% depreciation incentive.

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