The Federal Budget for 2023 was released and we’ve summarised the changes to see what might affect you. Though it was a fairly unremarkable budget, one of the most surprising bits of news was the $4.2b budget surplus, the first surplus in 15 years, mainly driven by the government receiving higher than usual tax income.
Cost of Living & Family Support
Energy: The state and federal governments will provide $3B of relief to around 5 million households. Reductions of up to $500 for households and up to $650 for small businesses.
Renters: Households receiving Rest Assistance are set to see a 15% increase in support payments.
Increase to income support: Austudy, JobSeeker and Youth Allowance recipients will see their payments increase by $40 per fortnight, while older JobSeekers (between 55-59) will receive an additional $91.20 per fortnight.
Single Parenting Payment: For single parents, the Parenting Payment cut-off will increase from 8 years to 14 years old, meaning single parents will no longer have to transfer to the much lower JobSeeker payment when their child turns 8.
Pensioners working: The extension of the Work Bonus measure will enable pensioners to continue earning up to $11,800 without reducing their pension, until 31 December 2023.
For Workers: Coming in from 1 July 2026, workers will be paid their superannuation at the same time as their salary. This change from quarterly payments is predicted to increase retirement savings by thousands.
For SMSFs: From 1 July 2023, the non-arms length provisions (NALI) will be amended. This means that SMSF income that is taxable as NALI will be limited to twice the level of a general expense. NALI income will exclude contributions.
For high super balances: As has been widely discussed, superannuation balances above $3M will see their concessional tax rate increase from 15% to 30%.
SG Compliance: The government will provide funding to the ATO to identify and act on superannuation underpayment.
Medicare & Health Changes
Medicare levy: For low-income threshold for the Medicare levy has been increased (New thresholds: Singles to $24,376, for families to $40,939, for single seniors to $38,365, and for senior couples to $53,406.)
Bulk billing incentives: The bulk billing incentive for concession card holders and patients under 16 will be tripled.
Home Care packages: In-home aged care will benefit from an additional 9,500 Home Care Packages.
Instant Asset Write-Off: For the next year, the instant asset write-off threshold will temporarily increase from $1,000 to $20,000, for businesses that have an annual turnover of less than $10M. This also applies to multiple assets.
Small Business Energy Incentive: Businesses with an annual turnover under $50M will be eligible to deduct an additional 20% of the cost of eligible assets towards electrification and more efficient use of energy. Assets will need to be first used or installed between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.
Lodgement Amnesty Program: Small businesses with an annual turnover of under $10M will be able to lodge outstanding tax statements without paying failure-to-lodge penalties until 31 December 2023.
PAYG & GST Instalments: The GDP adjustment factor will halve from 12% to 6% for the 2024 income year, to support cash flow for small businesses.
Tobacco: The tax on tobacco will increase by 3% per year for the next three years, to make smoking more expensive.
Multinational Tax: As part of a crackdown on tax avoidance by large foreign companies, the government is taking steps to ensure they pay a tax rate of at least 15% from January 2025.
Tax cuts: Already in place to take effect on 1 July 2024, the Stage 3 tax cuts merge the 32.5% and 37% rates into a single 30% rate for incomes between $45,001 and $200,000.
Technology & Environment
Low-interest loans for green homes: Funding will go towards 110,000 low-interest loans for households installing green energy upgrades such as batteries and solar systems.
Hybrid vehicles & FBT Exemption: From 1 April 2025, hybrid vehicles will not be classified as zero or low-emission vehicles and therefore will no longer be eligible for FBT exemption.
Hydrogen Industry: Over $2B will be committed to accelerating Australia’s hydrogen industry through the Hydrogen Headstart program, to support the clean energy industry.
Advanced Technology: $116M over 5 years will support critical technology development and support businesses in integrating techs such as quantum and AI into their operations.
Scam Crackdown: Several anti-scam initiatives will be funded, including $58M to the National Anti-Scam Centre, $17M for the removal of scam websites, and $10.9M for a new SMS Sender ID Registry.
Biosecurity focus: Over $1B over 4 years will go towards strengthening Australia’s biosecurity measures.
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