2022-23 Labor Government's Federal Budget: Building a better future
26 October 2022
On Tuesday, 25 October, the Labor Government delivered the second Federal Budget for the year, following the May election and change in government. The main themes of this budget were stated to:
- provide responsible cost-of-living relief that delivers an economic dividend;
- build a stronger, more resilient and more modern economy;
- begin the hard task of budget repair to pay for what is important.
Only a small number of tax measures were delivered in this budget, mostly making good on the pre-election commitments to strengthen the laws targeted at multi-national corporations and strengthen tax integrity.
The budget now forecasts a cash deficit of $36.9 billion (1.5% of GDP) for 2022/23, and a redistribution of expenditure signals the new Government's change in focus.
Key budget announcements
- No changes
- Electric car discount – exemption of electric cars from FBT and import tariffs.
- Taxation of COVID grants – additional grants listed as being non-assessable, non-exempt income.
- Thin capitalisation – a partial rewrite of the rules.
- Digital currencies – confirmation that digital currencies will be excluded from the taxation treatment of foreign currencies.
- Additional funding provided for ATO compliance activities.
- Audit cycle – the proposal for a 3-year audit cycle of SMSF’s will not proceed.
- Downsizer contributions – minimum age to decrease from 60 to 55.
- Residency rule changes – deferred from 1 July 2022 until the ultimate legislation receives Royal Assent.
- Paid parental leave – expanded from 1 July 2023, allowing either parent to claim the payment. Then, from 1 July 2024, the program will be expanded by an additional 2 weeks a year until it reaches 26 weeks from 1 July 2026.
- Child care subsidy – maximum rate to be increased from 85% to 90% for the first child in care. The rate will increase for all families earning less than $530,000 in household income.
- Regional first home buyer scheme – establish a fund to support eligible first home buyers in a regional area to purchase their first home with a minimum 5% deposit.
- Penalty units – increasing from $222 to $275 from 1 January 2023.
Electric car discount
The Government has announced that, from 1 July 2022, it will exempt battery, hydrogen fuel cell and plug-in hybrid electric cars from fringe benefits tax and import tariffs if they have a retail price below the luxury car tax threshold for fuel-efficient cars ($84,916 for 2022/23) and providing the car has not been held or used before 1 July 2022. Employers will still need to include these exempt benefits in an employee’s reportable fringe benefits amount.
Taxation of COVID grants
The following COVID related grants have been added to the list of grants eligible to be treated as non-assessable, non-exempt income (meaning business are not required to pay tax on them):
- Victoria Business Costs Assistance Program Four – Construction
- Victoria Licenced Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 – July Extension
- Victoria License, Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 – Top Up Payments
- Victoria Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two – Top Up
- Victoria Business Costs Assistance Program Round Three
- Victoria Business Costs Assistance Program Round Four
- Victoria Business Costs Assistance Program Round Five
- Victoria Impacted Public Events Support Program Round Two
- Victoria Live Performance Support Program (Presenters) Round Two
- Victoria Live Performance Support Program (Suppliers) Round Two
- Victoria Commercial Landlord Hardship Fund 3
- Australian Capital Territory HOMEFRONT 3 and
- Australian Capital Territory Small Business Hardship Scheme.
The only announced significant rewrite of taxation legislation under this budget is to the thin capitalisation provisions. These rules essentially limit tax deductions in relation to debt for certain cross-border investments where certain limits are exceeded.
Under current legislation these limits are the greater of the amounts allowed under:
- the safe harbour debt test
- the arm’s length debt test and
- the worldwide gearing debt test.
It is now being proposed to:
- replace the safe harbour debt test with a new test where debt related deductions would be limited to 30% of profits (using EBITDA — earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortisation – as the measure of profit)
- allow deductions limited under this new profits-based test to be carried forward and claimed in a subsequent income year (up to 15 years) and
- replace the worldwide gearing test and allow an entity in a group to claim debt-related deductions up to the level of the worldwide group’s net interest expense as a share of earnings (which may exceed the 30 per cent EBITDA ratio).
The Government has confirmed its intention to introduce legislation to ensure digital currencies are not taxed under the rules for foreign currencies unless a digital currency is issued by or under the authority of a government agency.
Additional funding provided for ATO compliance activities
While the Government has continued with its pre-election promise to crack down on multi-national tax avoidance and tax compliance by providing significant additional funding to a number of ATO programs, many of these programs apply to small businesses.
- As a result, it is anticipated that there will also be a significant increase in the number of small business taxpayers receiving additional scrutiny from the ATO under these programs.
The Government has announced it will not be proceeding with the 2018-19 budget announcement to allow self-managed superannuation funds with a good compliance history to have a 3-year audit cycle. Instead, the requirement for annual audits will remain.
The Government has confirmed it will reduce the minimum eligibility age to make a downsizer contribution from 60 to 55 years of age.
Under this concession, an individual can make a one-off post-tax contribution to their superannuation of $300,000 per person ($600,000 per couple) from the proceeds of selling their home (noting there are certain conditions that need to be met).
Residency rule changes
The previously announced self-managed super fund residency rule changes have been delayed from 1 July 2022 to a yet to be determined date, after the associated legislation received Royal Assent.
These measures are intended to extend the safe harbour for the central management and control test from a 2-year to a 5-year period and to remove the active member test from both self-managed superannuation funds and APRA funds.
Paid parental leave
The Government has announced it will expand the paid parental leave scheme from 1 July 2023 by making it more flexible. It will do this by making either parent able to claim the payment and both birth parents and non-birth parents eligible to receive the payment if they meet the criteria. Parents will also be able to claim weeks of the payment concurrently so they can take leave at the same time.
From 1 July 2024, the Government will start expanding the scheme by two additional weeks a year until it reaches a full 26 weeks from 1 July 2026.
Both parents will be able to share the leave entitlement, with a proportion maintained on a “use it or lose it” basis, to encourage and facilitate both parents to access the scheme and to share the caring responsibilities more equally. Sole parents will be able to access the full 26 weeks.
Child care subsidy
The Government has announced it will increase the child care subsidy rate from 85% to 90% for a family's first child in care and increase the rate for all families with less than $530,000 in household income.
The rate will lift from 85% to 90% for families earning with household earnings less than $80,000, and the subsidy rate will taper down one percentage point for each additional $5,000 in household income, until the $530,000 maximum limit is reached.
Families will continue to receive the existing higher subsidy rates for multiple children aged 5 or under in child care, with higher rates to cease 26 weeks after the older child’s last session of care, or when the child turns 6 years old.
Regional first home buyer scheme
The Government has announced it will establish a Regional First Home Buyers Scheme to support eligible citizens and permanent residents who have lived in a regional location for more than 12 months to purchase their first home in that location with a minimum 5% deposit. This will be limited to 10,000 places per year to 30 June 2026.
From 1 January, the Government will increase the Commonwealth penalty unit from $222 to $275.
For more information visit budget.gov.au. If you have specific questions about how this budget may impact you or your business, please speak with your local Boyce accountant.
Please note that the budget measures will only take effect once they become law.
10 Tax Tips for 2021
24 June 2021
As tax time approaches, our tax team has put together some helpful information for you for that 30 June deadline.
Please note that the following is general information only and taxpayers should seek detailed advice from their accountants before undertaking any strategy.
To follow is information on the following topics:
- Capital Gains Tax (CGT)
- Prepaid Expenses
- Bad Debts
- Uncapped Immediate Write-off for Depreciable Assets
- Superannuation Contributions
- Single Touch Payroll (STP)
- Company Tax Rate Change and Dividends
- Division 7A Loan Agreements and Minimum Repayments
- Individual Tax Rate Changes
- Non-complying Payments
Each topic includes a link to the ATO website for more information.
JobKeeper 2.0 - Changes to Eligibility Requirements Announced
9 August 2020
In response to the ongoing pandemic and the tougher restrictions in Victoria, the Treasurer has announced changes to the eligibility requirements for JobKeeper 2.0, as well as a change in the relevant date for employment for both the existing scheme as well as JobKeeper 2.0.
Please note that the changes to the decline in turnover tests under JobKeeper 2.0 will not affect JobKeeper 1.0 which will run until 27 September 2020.
Key change to JobKeeper 1.0
From 3 August 2020, the relevant date for employment will move from 1 March 2020 to 1 July 2020. This change is intended to increase employee eligibility both under the existing scheme (JobKeeper 1.0) as well as the extension (JobKeeper 2.0).
Under this announced change, employees will be eligible if they:
- Are currently employed by an eligible employer (including where they were stood down or rehired)
- Work for the eligible employer (or another entity in their wholly owned group) either: a full-time, part-time or fixed-term employee at 1 July 2020; or a long-term casual employee (employed on a regular and systematic basis for at least 12 months) as at 1 July 2020 and not a permanent employee of any other employer.
- Were aged 18 years or older at 1 July 2020 (if an employee is 16 or 17 they can also qualify if they are independent or not undertaking full time study).
Please note the other employee eligibility requirements around nomination of eligible employer, Australian residency and government payments remain unchanged.
We are awaiting further details of how the ATO will be managing this change at the time of this e-Alert.
Boyce MI - Management Reporting Made Easy
6 August 2020
Earlier this year, we proudly and successfully released our next generation management reporting application Boyce MI (BMI).
BMI was designed to take the guess work out of the monthly reporting process; putting easy to understand information into your hands so you can make better business decisions.
BMI was built from the ground up as a web application that connects with accounting data in the cloud, so you easily connect and access your information from anywhere with a modern web browser.
Benefits of BMI
- Boyce’s unique management reporting system at your fingertips
- Know where your business’s cash flow is and flexibly change your plans to meet demands
- Work on your business, not in your business, by proactively planning your year and then reporting progress against the budget
- Readily adapt to change by creating additional budgets or reforecasts for what-if planning
- Work wherever, whenever. Accessible from a modern web browser over any internet connection
- Fast multi-level reporting (whole of business, enterprise and summary)
- Built in help documentation for step by step guidance
- Receive monthly updates to keep you in the loop with new developments & features
â€‹Features of BMI
- Works with Xero, MYOB AccountRight Live (cloud only) and any accounting system with Excel export
- Import a budget in the Boyce format
- Reforecast - export actuals over your existing budget
- View reports on screen or export to Excel and PDF
BMI is available in a monthly reporting package or to purchase directly.
If you would like more information on how Boyce MI can streamline your reporting process and help you to strengthen data-driven decision making for your business, please speak to your accountant.
30 June Wrap
25 June 2020
30 June is just around the corner, which means the start of another financial year. 2020 has been a whirlwind but it is time to start preparing to finalise the 2020 financial year to complete budgets and scenario modelling for the new financial year.
Effective tax planning reduces tax payable and that is so important in these times as it puts more money in the bank to help your business survive & grow.
What's changing in terms of legislation this year?
The Federal Budget has been delayed this year until 6th October amid COVID-19. .
The Company Tax Rate reduces to 26% starting on the 1st July 2020. This is for Companies with a turnover of less than $50m. This is down from 27.5% in this current year and will reduce to 25% on 1st July 2021.
Single Touch Payroll
Since the implementation of STP employers will no longer need to send employees their payment summary/group certificate for the financial year. Instead they will receive their payment summaries now known as an ‘Income Statement’ directly from the ATO via their MyGov account.
For employers you will need to lodge a finalisation for the financial year in your accounting software via the STP channel by the 14th July 2020. Please note this process will differ for each accounting program.