On 2 April 2019, the Treasurer of Australia, Josh Frydenberg, announced the 2019-2020 Federal Budget. Highlights include personal tax reductions for low- and middle-income earners, the extension of the instant assets write-off to more businesses, superannuation and social security measures to assist older Australians, and a strengthening of the ABN rules.
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Effective from the 2017–18 income year, some companies are eligible for the lower corporate tax rate of 27.5% if certain conditions are met. Find out if your company qualifies for this reduced rate in the financial year 2017-2018 and more reductions in years to follow.
An important reminder for property investors is that trips to visit residential rental properties are no longer tax deductible. There are some exceptions but individuals and SMSFs with one or more rental properties are not considered to be in the business of letting rental properties for related travel expenses incurred from 1 July 2017.
The instant asset write-off scheme for small business has been extended and the threshold increased to $25,000 for 2019-2020. Are you one of the 47% of business owners who don’t seem to know about this potential benefit?
On 29 January 2019, the Prime Minister announced that the government would increase the $20,000 instant asset write-off threshold to $25,000 effective from 29 January 2019, and the scheme would be extended until 30 June 2020. Read more
Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting for employers with 19 or fewer employees will come into effect from 1st July 2019. Is your business ready?
Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting for employers with 20 or more employees (as deemed to be a ‘substantial employer’) came into effect on 1st July 2018 in accordance with new Australian government legislation. From 1st July 2019, this reporting requirement will also most probably come into effect for employers with 19 or fewer employees.
So, what is Single Touch Payroll? How do you prepare for STP? What changes do you need to make? The following simplified explanation could help you better understand Single Touch Payroll reporting and how to get ready for the transition.
The 2018-2019 Federal Budget, handed down on 8 May 2018, focused on personal taxation, business taxation, superannuation, and measures to assist older Australians. Here, highlights are explained with tables to help calculate savings or changes to previous circumstances as the Budget 2018-2019 measures are brought into effect.
Single Touch Payroll (STP) reporting affects employers with 20 or more employees (known as a substantial employer) and commences 1st July 2018 in accordance with new Australian government legislation. So, what is Single Touch Payroll? How do you prepare for STP? What changes do you have to make? The following should help you better understand Single Touch Payroll reporting and how to get ready for the transition.
If you’re the owner of an income producing property, then you are eligible to claim tax deductions for a number of expenses involved in holding the property.
There are a number of changes to superannuation starting on 1 July 2017 that are summarised below however, the key question is to decide what has to be done before 1 July 2017.
There are no changes to personal income tax rates and thresholds in the 2017-2018 Budget, and there will be relief from the 2% Budget deficit levy, as anticipated, from 30 June 2017. On the other hand, the Medicare levy will be increased to 2.5% from 1 July 2019. There were changes for people repaying HELP debts for higher education, and the unexpected token of a small, one-off payment to pensioners.
Perhaps the most significant initiatives contained in the Budget are the housing affordability measures, a comprehensive approach which includes assisting first home buyers to build a deposit inside superannuation and allowing older Australians to contribute downsizing proceeds into superannuation.
Here is an outline of changes in the 2017-2018 as relevant to individuals:
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