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Points of Relevance from 2022 Australian Budget

To take effect from 1 July 2021 / Immediate Effect:


Tax rates for individuals have remained same for 2022FY:

Taxable Income Tax on Taxable Income

$0 to $18,200 Nil

$18,201 to $45,000 19c for each $1 over $18,200

$45,001 to $120,000 $5,092 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $45,000

$120,001 to $180,000 $29,467 plus 37c for each $1 over $120,000

$180,001 and over $51,667 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000



Individuals / Families

· To support household income and create more jobs, the Government is retaining the low and middle income tax offset(LMITO) in 2022FY worth up to $1,080 for individuals or $2,160 for dual income couples.


· From 1 July 2021, 10,000 guarantees will be made available over four years to eligible single parents with dependants to build a new home or purchase an existing home with a deposit of as little as two per cent, subject to an individual’s ability to service a loan, and the government will guarantee up to 18 per cent of the loan.


Businesses

· Temporary full expensing will now be available until 30 June 2023, this allows eligible businesses with aggregated annual turnover or total income of up to $5 billion to deduct the full cost of eligible depreciable assets. Assets must be acquired from 7:30pm AEDT on 6 October 2020 and first used or installed ready for use by 30 June 2023.


· Temporary loss carry-back will also be extended by one year, this will allow eligible companies to carry-back tax losses from the 2023FY to offset previously taxed profits as far back as the 2019FY. Companies with aggregated annual turnover of up to $5 billion can apply tax losses incurred during the 2020, 2021, 2022 and now the 2023 financial years to offset tax paid in 2019FY or later years. The tax refund will be available to companies when they lodge their 2021, 2022 and now 2023 income tax returns.


· From 1 July 2021, all eligible brewers and distillers will receive full remission (up from 60 per cent) of any excise they pay on the alcohol they produce up to a cap of $350,000 each financial year (increased from $100,000).


To take effect from later years:

· From 1 July 2022, individuals aged 67 to 74 will no longer be required to meet the work test when making or receiving non-concessional superannuation contributions or salary sacrificed contributions. However, access to concessional personal deductible contributions for individuals aged 67 to 74 will still be subject to meeting the work test.


· From 1 July 2022, the minimum age for the downsizer contribution will be lowered from 65 to 60. This will allow Australians nearing retirement to make a one-off post-tax contribution of up to $300,000 per person (or $600,000 per couple) when they sell their family home.


· From 1 July 2022, the Government will increase the maximum amount of voluntary contributions that can be released under the First Home Super Saver Scheme from $30,000 to $50,000.


· The Government is removing the exclusion of the first $250 of deductions for prescribed courses of education. This will simplify the tax return process and reduce compliance costs for individuals claiming self-education expense deductions. The measure will have effect from the first income year after the date of Royal Assent of the enabling legislation.


· Part-time workers earning less than $450 a month from an employer will finally be eligible to receive superannuation on those wages. This means employers will have to pay all their employees’ super, no matter how few hours they work. The measure will have effect from the start of the first income year after Royal Assent of the enabling legislation, which the Government expects to have occurred prior to 1 July 2022.


· The Government will replace the individual tax residency rules with a new framework that is easy to understand, provides certainty and reduces compliance costs for globally mobile individuals and their employers. These changes will apply from 1 July following Royal Assent.


· Families earning more than $189,390 will have the $10,560 annual subsidy cap for childcare removed, under changes set to come into effect in July 2022.


· The Government will allow taxpayers to self-assess the effective life of certain depreciating intangible assets for tax purposes, rather than being required to use the effective life currently prescribed by statute. This will apply to eligible assets acquired following the completion of temporary full expensing, which has been extended and will now end on 30 June 2023.

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