As you may already be aware, the federal budget for 2016 has been announced.
Here are some excerpts from the budget that may directly affect your tax situation. This information can be found in more detail at www.nortonrosefullbright.com
Company tax cut
The Government intends to reduce the company tax rate to 25 per cent over 10 years. Businesses with an annual aggregated turnover of less than $10 million will be taxed at 27.5 per cent from the 2016-17 income year. All companies will be taxed at 27.5 per cent in the 2023-24 income year and the company tax rate will then be progressively lowered until it reaches 25 per cent in the 2026-27 income year.
The Federal Budget has been announced for 2015/2016 years, and there are some interesting updates to tax related matters. As per the NTAA, here are some important developments for tax matters, mostly pertaining to small business;
1. Changes effective Budget Night – 7.30pm (AEST) 12 May 2015
1.1 Expanding accelerated depreciation for small business – immediate write-off and small business pool
The government will significantly expand accelerated depreciation for small businesses. It will do this by allowing small businesses with aggregate annual turnover of less than $2 million to immediately deduct assets they start to use or install ready for use, provided the asset costs less than $20,000 (currently, an immediate write-off is generally available for assets costing less than $1,000). This will apply for assets acquired and installed ready for use between 7.30pm (AEST) 12 May 2015 and 30 June 2017. Assets valued at $20,000 or more (which cannot be immediately deducted) can continue to be placed in the small business simplified depreciation pool (‘the pool’) and depreciated at 15% in the first income year and 30% each income year thereafter. The pool can also be immediately deducted if the balance is less than $20,000 over this period (including existing pools). The government will also suspend the current ‘lock out’ laws for the simplified depreciation rules until 30 June 2017. Currently, these ‘lock out’ rules prevent small businesses from re-entering the simplified depreciation regime for five years, if they opt out. From 1 July 2017, the thresholds for the immediate depreciation of assets and the value of the pool will revert back to existing arrangements (which are currently based on a ‘less than $1,000’ threshold).
As most of you may already be aware, the proposed changes for the federal budget were announced this month.
So what does this mean for for tax clients?
Below is a concise list of details regarding the latest updates in the budget, as given by the NTAA;
1. Changes effective 1 July 2013 (i.e., 2013/14 income year)
1.1 Medicare levy low income thresholds
For 2013/14, the Medicare Levy low income thresholds will be as follows:
• Individuals $20,542 (no increase from 2012/13)
• Families $34,367 (previously $33,693)
The families income threshold (i.e., $34,367) will be increased by $3,156 (previously $3,094) for each
dependent child or student.
PROPERTY AND EQUITIES ARE THE MOST ATTRACTIVE ASSET CLASSES IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT. 1 MILLION AUSTRALIANS, ABOUT 6 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION OWN AN INVESTMENT PROPERTY, NOT MUCH OF THIS IS HELD INSIDE A SELF MANAGED SUPERANNUATION FUND (SMSF).
The Australian residential property market has shown a 5.3 per cent annual growth in sales with a 4 per cent growth in the quarter ending August 2013. The historic low cash rate of 2.5 per cent has been evidently driving the current market statistics. However, other market statistics showed a 4.7 per cent fall last month in new home sales. This was the first decline since January 2013. Australian capital city dwelling values grew by 0.5 per cent in August 2013. This growth can be attributed to the increased affordability, rising demand from the increased population and decreased supply from credit-constrained property developers.