Federal Budget 2019-20: announcements for your business

This year’s Federal Budget includes announcements that may impact your business. These proposals are contingent on the Government being re-elected, with a Federal election to be held in May.

All the changes announced are what the Government plans to do. No changes are law, and none are implemented purely off the back of being presented in the Federal Budget. Before making any decisions, you need to check whether any of these announcements have become law.

Lower taxes for small businesses

The Government is backing small and medium-sized business by increasing the instant asset write-off threshold to $30,000 and expanding access to medium‑sized businesses by increasing the annual turnover threshold from $10 million to $50 million to help them reinvest in their business, employ more workers and grow. The increased threshold and expanded eligibility will apply from 7.30pm (AEDT) on 2 April 2019 to 30 June 2020.

The Government will also fast-track the company tax rate cut to 25% for small and medium‑sized businesses with an annual turnover of less than $50 million and increases to the unincorporated small business tax discount rate.

Recovering unpaid super

The Government will provide $42.1 million over four years to the ATO to increase activities to recover unpaid tax and super liabilities. While the majority of employers do the right thing, some employers don’t pay super when they should, and these activities will focus on larger businesses to ensure on time payment of their tax and super.

Delivering skills for today and tomorrow

The Government is introducing an Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment to support businesses and help apprentices gain the skills they need.

This will deliver up to 80,000 additional apprentices over a five-year period to occupations experiencing skill shortages. On top of existing incentives, employers who take on apprentices in areas of need will be eligible for a $4,000 incentive payment. Apprentices will be eligible for a total of $2,000 to be paid at key milestones in the apprenticeship.

See our Federal Budget fact sheet 2019/20 (PDF) for a full breakdown of the budget and find further details at www.budget.gov.au.


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