Taxation ruling 2012/2

New effective lives

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has released a new tax ruling effective from the 1st July 2012.

Replacing Tax Ruling 2011/2, Tax Ruling 2012/2 explains the method to be used when determining the effective lives of depreciating assets. The tax ruling in effect at the time an asset is acquired determines the effective life of that asset. For this reason, despite the new changes, determinations previously approved can continue to be used.

While many assets have not been affected, changes have been made to the effective lives of assets in the following industries:

  • Animal feed manufacturing
  • Coffee manufacturing
  • Concrete producing manufacturing
  • Ethanol manufacturing
  • Frozen pre-prepared meals and selected snacks manufacturing
  • Health and fitness centre operations
  • Motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Concrete product manufacturing
  • Edible oil or fat (blended manufacturing)
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Steel coil roll forming, slitting, blanking and sheet metal forming;
  • Sheet metal tank manufacturing; and
  • Tea manufacturing

BMT Tax Depreciation prepares depreciation reports for a wide range of commercial sectors. For any queries regarding claiming depreciation in these industries, please do not hesitate to contact BMT for further information.

For a copy of the new ruling please email