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.


The Government has also stated that it will keep taxes as a share of GDP within the 23.9% cap.

All measures, of course, are reliant on the relevant legislation passing Parliament which is by no means a given with an election looming.

Budget 2019-20 Highlights:

• Personal tax cuts - $19.5bn package of personal income tax cuts
• Small business - Instant asset write-off increased to $30k and expanded to businesses under $50m
• Infrastructure - $100bn in infrastructure projects across all States and Territories
• Regulators - $1bn ATO task force funding targeting multi-nationals and high net worth individuals

What is missing from the Budget is any word or statement on the previously announced measures that would deny non-residents access to the CGT main residence exemption. Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen recently released a media release calling on the Government to drop the “unfair ex-pat CGT changes.” So, unless the Government returns from the election with a majority, these changes will not come to fruition.
While there are many parts of this years' Budget that apply to future years, we have summarised below the key changes you need to know about for the next 12 months.

LOWER TAXES

Tax cuts were the headline act of this year’s “back in black” (a forecast return to surplus) bonanza.

The government has announced immediate tax relief for low and middle income earners (earning from $48,000 to $90,000) of up to $1,080 for singles or up to $2,160 for dual income families to ease the cost of living.
If the Coalition Government is re-elected, then this means immediate cash back to individuals in July 2019 when they lodge their tax returns.

The Coalition will also be lowering the 32.5 per cent rate to 30 per cent in 2024-25, increasing the reward for effort by ensuring a projected 94 per cent of taxpayers will face a marginal tax rate of no more than 30 per cent.

INSTANT ASSET WRITE OFF

Smaller businesses (income under $10 million) will be able to immediately deduct purchases of eligible assets costing less than $30,000 from budget night 2 April 2019 up until 30 June 2020. This has increase from the previous amount of $25,000, which if legalisation is passed, will approve a deduction of up to $25,000 from 29 January 2019 to 2 April 2019.

Medium sized businesses (income from $10 million to $50 million) will also be able to immediately deduct purchases of eligible assets costing less than $30,000 from budget night 2 April 2019 to 30 June 2020.

SUPERANNUATION

Fortunately, super hasn't been tinkered with too much this time.

The government will allow voluntary superannuation contributions (both concessional and non-concessional) to be made by those aged 65 and 66 without meeting the work test from 1 July 2020. People aged 65 and 66 will also be able to make up to three years of non-concessional contributions under the bring-forward rule.

Those up to and including age 74 will be able to receive spouse contributions, with those 65 and 66 no longer needing to meet a work test.
Check out our 2019-20 Budget Summary white paper to learn more about this year's initiatives.

For any questions you might have about the Budget announcements and their implications to you or your business, please contact us .