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What tax initiatives will be in next week’s Federal Budget?
The Treasurer will deliver its 2020–21 Federal Budget at 7.30pm (AEDT) next Tuesday, 6 October 2020. Back in March, the Government announced the deferral of the Budget — from its usual calendar place on the second Tuesday of May — due to the unprecedented economic uncertainty during the early stages of the Coronavirus crisis in Australia.
In early September, Australian Bureau of Statistics data showing that Australia’s Gross Domestic Product has decreased in two consecutive quarters — by 0.3 per cent in the March 2020 quarter and by seven per cent in the June 2020 quarter — confirmed that Australia is in recession. This news follows the revelation in the Treasurer’s Economic and Fiscal Update on 23 July 2020 that Australia’s estimated budget deficit for 2020–21 will be a record-breaking $184.5 billion.
The need for the Government to implement an economic recovery plan is clear. On 26 September 2020, the Prime Minister indicated that next week’s Budget will contain the necessary initiatives to enable Australia to get back on a growth path, and foreshadowed that the Budget will ‘have the most unprecedented investment in Australia’s future that [Australia] has ever seen’.
As always, the specific Budget initiatives will be a closely guarded secret until Budget night. In the meantime, here is a quick round-up of some tax and superannuation measures which may (or may not) feature in next Tuesday’s announcements.
- Will the next stage of legislated personal tax cuts be brought forward?
- Will corporate tax rates be further lowered to encourage inbound international investment?
- Will an investment allowance (to allow a deduction of more than 100% of the asset’s cost, not to be confused with the temporary investment incentive) be introduced to encourage business investment in income-producing assets?
- Will the temporary $150,000 instant asset write-off threshold be extended beyond 31 December 2020?
- Will there be further tax incentives and concessions for small businesses?
- Will the details and start date of Division 7A changes be confirmed?
- Will the Board of Taxation’s recommendations for reform to the corporate tax residency and the individual tax residency rules be implemented?
- Will the legislated increases to the rate of compulsory superannuation guarantee be deferred?
- Will the findings of the Retirement Income Review be released, and if so, will the Government commit to any of its recommendations?
- Will there be temporary FBT concessions for meals and entertainment to assist the hospitality industry?
- Will the Medicare levy be increased to fund aged care?
- Will the ATO receive extra funding to increase its economic stimulus and black economy compliance activities?
- Will there be further Federal Government assistance for Victorian businesses and industries hardest hit by the prolonged Coronavirus crisis?
The 2020–21 Federal Budget documents will be available for download from www.budget.gov.au from 7.30pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 6 October 2020. We will be tweeting live during the event – find us on Twitter at @taxbanter.
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