Taxation Determination

TD 2012/16

Income tax: what is the car limit for the 2012-13 financial year?

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1. The car limit for the 2012-13 financial year is $57,466.


2. In July 2012 a taxpayer purchases a motor vehicle for $60,000 wholly for use in carrying on their business. In working out the vehicle's decline in value for the 2012-13 financial year, the first element of cost of the vehicle is reduced to $57,466.

Date of effect

3. This Determination applies for the financial year commencing on 1 July 2012.

Commissioner of Taxation
27 June 2012

Appendix 1 - Explanation

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4. The car limit is used to work out decline in value deductions of certain cars under the income tax law.

5. The car limit is indexed annually in line with movements in the motor vehicle purchase sub-group of the Consumer Price Index.[1]

6. The index for the year ended 31 March 2011 was 385.6 and the index for the year ending 31 March 2012 was 376 resulting in an indexation factor of 0.975 rounded to 3 decimal places. The law requires that where the indexation factor is 1 or less, the car limit is not to be indexed.[2] As a result the car limit for the 2012-13 financial year remains at $57,466 which applied for the 2011-12 financial year.


Subdivision 960-M of the ITAA 1997.

Subsection 960-270(2) of the ITAA 1997.

Not previously issued as a draft


ATO references:

ISSN: 1038-8982

Subject References:
car limit
decline in value
motor vehicle depreciation
motor vehicle depreciation limit

Legislative References:
ITAA 1997 Subdiv 960-M
ITAA 1997 960-270(2)
TAA 1953

TD 2012/16 history
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