Victorian State Budget 2019

Victorian State Government Budget – 27 May 2019 The Victorian state government recently handed down its annual state budget and there are a number of changes that will impact both business and investors. A summary of the key items is as follows. Payroll Tax The government’s three key changes are: Increase in the tax-free threshold…

What to expect post-election

Budget 2019-20: The pre-election announcements that are now law The Federal Budget announced a series of measures, some of which were legislated before the election was called. There are no guarantees, however, that any policies or announcements not already legislated will come to fruition – that will depend on the Senate composition determining what policies…

Federal Budget Summary 2019-20

Budget 2019-20 Highlights & Key Points This is a Budget not only designed to showcase the return to surplus (and by default the Government’s economic credentials) but engage voters with initiatives to make them feel like they are more prosperous. A massive infrastructure spend adds to this sentiment and the Government has stated that it…

Other Budget Announcements

Other Budget considerations $3.9bn Disaster response funding Australia has seen its fair share of catastrophic disasters this year. In response, the Government has announced the creation of a $3.9bn Emergency Response Fund. The Fund will provide $150m per annum from 2019-20 to 202-24 following a significant and catastrophic natural disaster. This funding is applied where…

Business Budget 2019-20

Business Instant asset write-off increased to $30k and expanded to businesses under $50m Date of effect 7:30pm (AEDT) on 2 April 2019 to 30 June 2020   The threshold for the popular $20,000 instant asset write-off will increase to $30,000* from Budget night until 30 June 2020 when it will potentially return to its original…

Budget Superannuation Summary

Superannuation Superannuation ‘work test’ watered down & age limit for spouse contributions increased Date of effect 1 July 2020   As previously announced, from 1 July 2020, Australians aged 65 and 66 will be able to make voluntary superannuation contributions (concessional $25,000 p.a. and non-concessional $100,000 p.a.) without meeting the Work Test. Currently, voluntary contributions…

8 pieces of legislation in limbo

Legislation in limbo A budget, an election and the legislation that hasn’t made it through. The February 2019 Parliamentary sitting days were the last opportunity before the Federal Budget for the Government to introduce or push through new legislation. Next month, on 2 April, Parliament reconvenes for the Federal Budget and it’s likely that an…

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Cash payment limit

$10k limit on cash payments to business One of the interesting approaches to tackling the black economy in the recent 2018-19 Federal Budget was the announcement of a $10,000 limit on cash payments to business. Unrecorded and untaxed transactions that occur in the community are estimated at up to 3% of GDP or around $50…