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$20,000 instant asset write-off for small business extended to 30 June 2025 (May 2024 Federal Budget Update)

The Government will extend the instant asset write-off concession for small businesses for another 12 months. This will allow small businesses with turnovers capped at $10 million to immediately deduct the full cost of eligible depreciating assets costing less than $20,000 that are first used or installed ready for use for a taxable purpose between […]

HECS/HELP debt indexation changes (May 2024 Federal Budget Update)

There are no further details contained in the Budget papers on the announced changes to the way that the indexation factor applied to HELP debts will be calculated. Here is an outline of the recently proposed changes. A student who receives a HELP loan under any of the student loan schemes has an “accumulated HELP […]

Low income tax offset: Unchanged (May 2024 Federal Budget Update)

No changes were made to the low income tax offset (LITO) in the 2024–2025 Budget. For completeness, and as a reminder, while the low and middle income tax offset (LMITO) ceased from 1 July 2022, low and middle income taxpayers remain entitled to the LITO. The maximum amount of the LITO is $700. The LITO is […]

Medicare levy low-income thresholds for 2023–2024 (May 2024 Federal Budget Update)

The Medicare levy low-income thresholds for 2023–2024 would normally have been announced in this 2024–2025 Budget. However, the Government released the 2023–2024 Medicare levy thresholds on 25 January 2024 when it announced the changes to the Stage 3 tax cuts. The new thresholds to provide cost-of-living relief were enacted by the Treasury Laws Amendment (Cost […]

Payday super: no further details but funding to improve unpaid super in bankruptcy (May 2024 Federal Budget Update)

The Budget papers did not reveal any further details on the Government’s proposal to require all employers to pay their employees’ super guarantee (SG) at the same time as their salary and wages from 1 July 2026. However, the Government said it will provide $111.8 million over four years from 2024-25 (and $12.4 million per year […]

ATO BAS notification period extended (May 2024 Federal Budget Update)

The Government will extend the time the ATO has to notify a taxpayer if it intends to retain a business activity statement (BAS) refund for further investigation. The ATO’s mandatory notification period for BAS refund retention will be increased from 14 days to 30 days to align with time limits for non-BAS refunds. The extended period […]

Increased ATO funding to counter fraud (May 2024 Federal Budget Update)

The Government will provide $187.0 million over four years from 1 July 2024 to the ATO to strengthen its ability to detect, prevent and mitigate fraud against the tax and superannuation systems. Measures to be funded includes: upgrades to information and communications technologies to enable the ATO to identify and block suspicious activity in real […]