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Are computer components (CPU, RAM, etc.) considered to be "part of a set"?

Posted 20 February 2015 under Tax Q&A


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Regarding the writing off of assets under R7,000 in value, you mention here[*] that the items must not be "connected" to one another or form part of a set. I purchased 6 items this year (CPU, SSD, Case, PSU, RAM, M/board) [in 2 transactions] in order to upgrade my PC (used for work purposes). Are these items "connected" to one another / do they form part of a set?

The total amount was about R7,671. 16 ?%u20AC%u201C which means that I can't write this off if they are considered to be part of a set. Are they? Or can I write off all 6 items, as each of them cost less than R7,000?

Thanks. [*] https://www. Taxtim. Com/za/blog/tax-deduction-asset-write-off-for-small-items

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
22 February 2015 at 17:39

You have installed these items to make up part of a set, they unlike the engine of a plane which is separate to the fuselage etc, make up one part of the plane. The computer itself would be one item so unfortunately you would not be able to write it off in one year.

Glen says:
23 February 2015 at 12:55

Okay, thanks.

BTW, I'm assuming that once I stop working (I have resigned), I can no longer include depreciation deductions – is that correct? I resigned at the end of 2014, can I claim: depreciation amount x 4/6 for the second provisional period, or nothing at all? If nothing, do I need to undo the deducted depreciation for period 1 as well?

TaxTim TaxTim says:
25 February 2015 at 6:51

You are able to claim for the period that you are working only. So yes you would apportion between the periods you were earning income and that which you weren't.

Glen says:
25 February 2015 at 10:14

Thanks for your help. :-)

TaxTim TaxTim says:
26 February 2015 at 21:50

Only a pleasure!


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