ATO Interpretative Decision

ATO ID 2002/1004

Income Tax

Income Tax: car lease residual values
FOI status: may be released

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What are the minimum residual values for leased cars effective from 1 July 2002?


The percentage of cost to be used to determine minimum residual values for leased assets with an effective life of eight (8) years are:

Minimum residual value - percentage of cost
Term of lease Effective Life
8 years
Year 1 65.63%
Year 2 56.25%
Year 3 46.88%
Year 4 37.5%
Year 5 28.13%


The Commissioner has amended his determination for the effective life for cars from 6 & 2/3 years to 8 years.

The changes, which take effect from 1 July 2002, only affect assets acquired on or after this date.

Reason for Decision

Taxation Ruling IT 28 and Taxation Determination TD 93/142 set out percentages of cost to be used to determine minimum residual values able to be used for leased items. However, they contain no reference to the percentage that should be used for plant and equipment having an effective life of 8 years.

The figures in the table above follow the methodology set out in TD 93/142.

Date of decision:  17 October 2002

Year of income:  Year ended 30 June 2002

Related Public Rulings (including Determinations)
Taxation Ruling IT 28
Taxation Determination TD 93/142

Lease residual values
Residual values

Siebel/TDMS Reference Number:  CW3126002

Business Line:  Public Groups and International

Date of publication:  30 October 2002

ISSN: 1445-2782