Managed Print Plan

What is it?

A Managed Print Plan is increasingly utilised by Australian businesses to manage their print and copier fleets. At its simplest it is a rental agreement which includes the service and consumable costs. Monthly payments are aligned to the monthly print usage and payments can be unitised or reflected as a per unit amount.

Equipment commonly leased with Managed Print Plan


100% tax deductible
Affordability and ease of approval
Combines service
Consumables and rental into one
unit rate
No upfront cash outlay
No equipment residual risk – there is
no obligation to payout a residual
Ease of upgrade


No confirmed ownership at the end of
lease term

What type of business uses Managed Print Plan?

Managed Print plans have increased in popularity with all types of Australian businesses over the last decade. This has been driven primarily due to two reasons;

1. Greater competition amongst providers who aggressively compete on pricing and generally
approve more transactions.

2. Increased equipment technology obsolescence which has compressed the useful and optimal
life of equipment for business i.e equipment is out of date sooner

In short business is increasingly foregoing owning equipment which has nominal resale value and a reduced optimal life.

Tax and accounting treatment for Managed Print Plan

Managed Print Plans are generally treated as a expense item meaning 100% of payments are
expensed. The equipment is not recognised as an asset on the lessee’s balance sheet.


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