P15 intangible depreciating assets first deducted

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Did you start to deduct the decline in value of any intangible depreciating assets?


Go to item P16 Other depreciating assets first deducted.


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You need to know

The following intangible assets are regarded as depreciating assets (as long as they are not trading stock):

  • certain items of intellectual property
  • computer software (or a right to use computer software) that you acquire, develop or have someone else develop for your use for the purposes for which it is designed (in-house software)
  • mining, quarrying or prospecting rights and information
  • spectrum licences
  • datacasting transmitter licences.

A depreciating asset that you hold starts to decline in value from the time you use it (or install it ready for use) for any purpose, including a private purpose. However, you can only claim a deduction for the decline in value to the extent that you use the asset for a taxable purpose, such as for producing assessable income.

At item P15 you need to show the cost of all intangible depreciating assets for which you are claiming a business deduction for decline in value for the first time. If you have allocated any intangible depreciating assets with a cost of less than $1,000 to a low-value pool for the income year, you also need to include the cost of those assets at item P15. Do not reduce the cost for estimated non-taxable use.

Expenditure on in-house software that you allocated to a software development pool is not shown at item P15.

For more information on decline in value, cost, low-value pools, in-house software and software development pools, see the Guide to depreciating assets 2005.

Completing this question

Step 1

Total the costs.

Step 2

Write this amount at I item P15 on page 4 of your schedule. Do not show cents.

Is the amount at I greater than $75,000?


Go to P16 Other depreciating assets first deducted.


You need to complete and attach a Capital allowance schedule 2005. For more information, see the Capital allowances schedule instructions 2005.

Last modified: 15 Mar 2007QC 27592