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.
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:
The May 2016 Federal Budget announcement has delivered changes that will affect many people of all ages and stages in life. Some changes affect small business owners, and changes to taxation and superannuation (which includes SMSF members) will affect almost everyone. It’s not all bad news, of course! The changes for business owners and wage-earners are generally being received as favourable. Here we summarise the major changes, in easy point form. As always, we’re here to discuss the finer details and implications with you.
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The big news on 12 May was the government handing down their second budget. There have been some significant changes announced in the budget and it’s important to understand how these changes will affect you. There wasn’t a lot of tax reform in the budget because of the government’s forthcoming White Paper on Tax Reform, which is considering a number of different aspects of the taxation system in terms of fairness, complexity and how it can be improved. The White Paper on Tax Reform will not be completed quickly. However, it will most likely form the government’s policies leading into the next election.
Now the end of the calendar year is fast approaching, and many businesses shut down or partially close over the Christmas and New Year period, it is a good time for business owners to focus on areas they would normally put to the bottom of the pile. These may include:
The Financial System Inquiry recently released its recommendations. Headed by Mr David Murray, the panel aims to lay out a blueprint for the financial system over the next decade. Previous inquiries (Campbell report in 1981, and Wallis report in 1997) were the catalysts for major reform in the Australian financial sector, including floating of the Australia dollar and deregulation of the financial sector, changes to financial services regulations, the creation of Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), and changes to ASIC.
The superstream changes start from 1 July 2014 for employers with 20 or more employees, and from 1 July 2015 for employers with fewer than 20 employees. Large employers have until 30 June 2015 to start using the new measures. Failure to do so will not incur penalties before 30 June 2015.
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