12 May 2017
On Tuesday the 9th of May the Federal Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, delivered the Coaliation Government's national budget for the 2017-18 Financial year. Overall the stated focus of this budget is on "boosting the economy and helping households, to ensure all Australians can benefit from the nation's growth story". It is a fairly uneventful budget overall in terms of significant taxation reform, but some of the legislation changes outlined below may affect you and it is important to seek advice from your accountant regarding the potential impact.
There is a forecast deficit for the 2017-18 year of $29.4 billion. The overal impact of policy decisions in this Budget has improved the bottom line by $11.4 billion over the 4 year estimates and the budget remains projected to return to balance by 2020-21. Following is a summary of the main features of the budget, some of the wording in the budget announcement papers was quite vague in some areas, and expect more detailed information to come to light once they become closer to being legislated.