What the 2019 Federal Budget means for you
Treasurer Frydenberg brought down his first budget last night.
The government proposes various changes to further lower individual taxes, including increasing the low and middle income tax offset, and lowering the 32.5% rate to 30% in 2024/25. More businesses will have access to immediate deductions for asset purchases, with the expansion of the instant asset write-off to businesses with an annual turnover of less than $50m.
We are pleased to present you with some highlights that will impact you, our valued clients.
- The legislated Personal Income Tax Plan will be changed to further lower taxes for individuals, including changes to the low and middle income tax offset (LMITO), the low income tax offset (LITO) and the personal income tax (PIT) rates and thresholds.
- The Medicare levy low-income thresholds for singles, families, seniors and pensioners will be increased from the 2018/19 income year
- The instant asset write-off threshold for businesses with an aggregated turnover of less than $10m will be increased to $30,000 for eligible assets that are first used, or installed ready for use, from 7.30 pm (AEDT) on 2 April 2019 to 30 June 2020.
- Businesses with an aggregated turnover of $10m or more but less than $50m will be able to immediately deduct purchases of eligible assets costing less than $30,000 that are first used, or installed ready for use, from 7.30 pm (AEDT) on 2 April 2019 to 30 June 2020.
- Australian Business Number (ABN) holders will be required to lodge their income tax return and confirm the accuracy of their details on the Australian Business Register annually to retain their ABN status.
- Members of regulated superannuation funds will not have to meet the work test after 1 July 2020 if they are 65 or 66 years of age.
- The restrictions on claiming the spouse contribution tax offset will be eased from 1 July 2020, giving 70 to 74 year old spouses eligibility.
- The start date of amendments to Div 7A will be delayed by 12 months to 1 July 2020.
- For vehicles acquired on or after 1 July 2019, eligible primary producers and tourism operators will be able to apply for a refund of any luxury car tax paid, up to a maximum of $10,000.
- There will be a one-off Energy Assistance Payment of $75 for singles and $62.50 for each member of a couple eligible for qualifying payments on 2 April 2019 and who are resident in Australia.
- Single Touch Payroll reports lodged by employers will be shared with social security agencies from 1 July 2020.
For a detailed Tax and Accounting Overview on the 2019 budget click here.
We will be discussing these changes with many of our clients as part of year-end tax planning. If you would like further information or to book an appointment to discuss the impact on your personal situation please contact us.
If you haven’t already responded for our Federal Budget Update event on Tuesday 9 April, you can do so here. This event is complimentary for our clients.