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May 2023 Federal Budget - What It Means for Business Owners

The 2023 Federal Budget was announced on Tuesday 9 May 2023, with a focus on cost-of-living relief and modernising our economy.

There were only a few tax and superannuation changes announced, which is good news.


However, no mention was made of the previously announced Stage 3 Income Tax cuts that are planned to begin on 1 July 2024, and this has made many people wonder if the Government may cancel them next year. We will keep you updated on any developments with this.

 

Here is a brief summary of the Budget updates relevant to business owners:


Taxation Changes

Key Change

How This Will Affect You

Temporary Full Expensing is Ending

Currently, most businesses that purchase business assets can claim 100% of its price in full, in the year that its purchased and ready for use. This will finish on 30 June 2023.

Purchase Business Assets Before 30 June 2023

If you need to purchase a business asset and have the cashflow to do so, we recommend you purchase it BEFORE 30 June 2023 to be able to claim 100% of its cost in the 2023 year.

Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LMITO) has Ended

The temporary LMITO was introduced in the 2019 Budget and then extended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It resulted in extra tax refunds of between $675 and $1,500 (depending on your level of income) for individuals. The Government didn’t extend the LMITO, so the last year it was available is 2022.

Lower Tax Refund for 2023

Individuals who received an extra tax refund of up to $1,500 due to the tax rebate in 2022 will not receive it again this year in 2023.

Small Business Instant Asset Write-Off

Small businesses, with a turnover of less than $10 million, will be able to immediately deduct the full cost of eligible assets costing less than $20,000 (inc. GST) that are first used or installed ready for use between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.

Lower Asset Write Off Tax Deductions

Compared with prior years, from 1 July 2023 a small business can only claim up to $20,000 (inc. GST) as an instant write-off. Any assets that cost more than this amount will be added into the small business simplified depreciation pool and depreciated at 15% in the first year and 30% each year thereafter.

Small Business Energy Incentive

The Government is introducing a tax break to help small businesses electrify and save on your energy bills.

Businesses with annual turnover of less than $50 million will have access to a bonus 20 per cent tax deduction for eligible assets supporting electrification and more efficient use of energy, from 1 July 2023 until 30 June 2024.

Extra $20,000 Tax Deduction

Businesses will be able to make investments like:

  • electrifying your heating and cooling systems

  • upgrading to more efficient fridges and induction cooktops

  • installing batteries and heat pumps

Up to $100,000 of total expenditure will be eligible for the incentive, with the maximum bonus tax deduction being $20,000 per business.

Small Business Tax Lodgement Penalty Amnesty

This new amnesty will apply to small businesses with a turnover of less than $10 million to encourage them to re-engage with the tax system.

No Penalties for Certain Overdue Tax Lodgements

A small business will not be charged failure-to-lodge penalties for outstanding tax lodgements that are lodged between 1 June 2023 and 31 December 2023 that were originally due between 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2022!

Please do not hesitate to contact us to get up-to-date on your lodgements during this amnesty.

Pay As You Go (PAYG) Instalments Uplift Factor

If you pay PAYG instalments towards next year’s tax, the Government bases these payments on last year’s tax increased by GDP “uplift”.

The Government was happy to announce this GDP uplift for 2024 is only 6% and not the legislated 12%.

Plan for Higher PAYG Instalments in 2024

The 6% uplift for your 2024 PAYG tax instalments is higher this year due to high inflation.

If you continue to make good business profits with tax to pay, you will need to plan for slightly higher PAYG instalments in 2024.


 

Superannuation Changes

Key Change

How This Will Affect You

Extra Tax on Super Account Balances Above $3 million

The Budget confirmed the Government’s intention to apply an additional 15% tax on total superannuation balances above $3 million from 1 July 2025.

Extra Super Earnings Tax to Pay

If your super member balance is less than $3 million, then this won’t affect you.

If it is more than $3 million from 1 July 2025, then your super will be taxed 30% on its earnings, up from the current rate of 15%.

Super Payable by Employers on Pay Day

Currently, employers must make employee superannuation payments quarterly.

From 1 July 2026, employers will be required to pay their employee’s superannuation at the same time as they pay their salary and wages.

Plan for this Additional Cashflow Requirement

While this won’t begin for 3 years, you need to be aware of this and factor this into your future cashflow planning.

 

To get the maximum benefits from the new measures announced in the 2023 Federal Budget, feel free to contact us to book in a Tax Planning meeting.


If you have any questions or would like some further information, please do not hesitate to contact us!



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