The Australian Government Budget was handed down last night. Set out below is a summary of some of the Key Proposed Measures announced by the Morrison Government pertaining to Superannuation, Investment, Taxation, Social Security and Aged Care.
Please note, the Budget measures will need to pass through Parliament before taking effect. The Morrison Government has stated its intention to hold back the passage of some of the Budget Measures until after the election, so whether all the Budget Measures come into effect may be contingent on the forthcoming Federal election.
In this last quarter of the financial year, it is a good time to review your financial position to ensure that you are on track to meet your lifestyle objectives. Make an Appointment with your investment adviser to review your circumstances and how the changes announced in the Budget could impact your financial position and planning strategy going forward.
Reduction in Personal Taxation Rates
Tax Offset Increase for Low- and Middle-Income Earners from 1 July 2018
There has been a proposed increase to the amount of LMITO available, and the availability of the offset has been extended to additional Australians who previously weren’t eligible.
Personal Tax Rate Changes from 1 July 2018
From 1 July 2024, 32.5% tax bracket will be reduced to 30%
Estimated that by 24/25 financial year, 94% of Australian’s will pay tax at 30% or less
Increase to Medicare Levy Threshold
To Apply for the 2018 – 2019 year
Tax Assistance for Small and Medium Business (SME)
Extension of Instant Tax Write -Off
Currently, small businesses with an annual turnover of $10 million or less can claim an immediate deduction for eligible assets costing less than $20,000 each. It was previously announced earlier in the year that the Government intended to increase this threshold further to $25,000. From Budget night, the threshold is proposed to increase further to $30,000.
In addition, this deduction will now be available to medium sized businesses, with annual aggregated turnover of <$50m. This measure will be extended for a further 12 months, until 30 June 2020.
Immediate Deduction of Eligible Purchases
Increased Threshold to $30,000 per asset
Extended to Businesses with annual turnover below $50M
Personal Superannuation Contributions
There will be more opportunities to make personal Superannuation Contributions, with an increase to the Age from which the work test needs to apply for Personal Superannuation Contribution Eligibility, as well as the spouse contribution eligibility legislation currently in place.
From 1 July 2020, the ability to make additional lump sum Personal Contributions to superannuation the age extends from 65 – 67.
Aligns to the increasing Age Pension age
Applies to both Personal NON-CONCESSIONAL and Personal CONCESSIONAL contributions
Work test will now only apply after age 67+.
Must meet the work test to contribute after this age
40 hours in a consecutive 30-day period
Spouse contributions to Superannuation
Legislation to increase the age limit for Spouse contribution from age 69 – 74 to apply from 1 July 2020
Will allow the working spouse to make contributions for a dependent spouse that is currently limited to age 69
Other Superannuation Administration and Small Balance Measures
Improved streamlining for the administration of Exempt Current Pension Income (ECPI) when Superannuation Funds have Accumulation and Pension Account members
to apply from 1 July 2020
SMSF trustee only affected if the Proportion Method is being used. The Government will remove the requirement for an Actuarial Certificate
The Government intends to delay the start of the Opt-In for Insurance within Superannuation Accounts for members with balances less than $6,000 and under age 25
To apply from 1 October 2019
Energy Assistance Payment from June 2019 is to be an additional $75 per single person and $125 per couple. To be eligible, the recipient must be in receipt of:
Disability Support Payment
Parenting Payment (Single)
Certain Dept. Vet Affairs Payments
Administration Changes for those working and in receipt of Social Security Payments:
Called Single Touch payroll, this will be new reporting requirements for income when in receipt of an income support payment
Reduce the likelihood of Overpayments in the Social Security System
To Apply from 1 July 2018:
Increased Funding Packages for Home Care and Residential Care Placement
Increased Audit and Monitoring to improve Quality and Safety of Care
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