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Federal Budget 2020 - show me the MONEY

The Australian Government has pledged billions in tax cuts and various economic measures in its 2020-21 Federal Budget. This budget tips the country into its deepest deficit on record and is designed to get the economy back on its feet. At the heart of the strategy is job creation. The aim is simple but achieving the goal will be much more difficult.

The budget delivers a wide range of economic measures to support businesses and workers, including significant tax relief for individuals and small businesses, the JobMaker hiring credit and the full expensing to build on the enhanced instant asset write-off.

Below are some of the most standout measures that are expected to provide the critical support Australia needs to build confidence and recover.

Tax relief for individuals

The government is bringing forward stage two of its personal income tax plan by two years. From 1 July 2020:

  • the low-income tax offset will increase from $445 to $700;

  • the top threshold of the 19 per cent tax bracket will increase from $37,000 to $45,000; and

  • the top threshold of the 32.5 per cent tax bracket will increase from $90,000 to $120,000.

The government will also provide additional targeted support to low- and middle-income Australians. In 2020-21, low-and middle-income earners will receive a one-off additional benefit of up to $1,080.

According to the government, more than 7 million individuals are expected to receive tax relief of $2,000 or more for the 2020-21 income year compared with 2017-18 tax settings.

Low- and middle-income tax payers will receive relief of up to $2,745 for singles and $5,490 for dual income families.

Loss carry-back for businesses

The government is allowing companies with turnover up to $5 billion to offset losses against previous profits on which tax has been paid, to generate a refund. Losses incurred up to 2021‑22 can be carried back against profits made in or after 2018‑19. Eligible companies may elect to receive a tax refund when they lodge their 2020‑21 and 2021‑22 tax returns.

Normally, businesses would have to return to profit before they can use their losses.

Temporary full expensing

To support new investment and increase business cash flow, the government is providing a temporary tax incentive to around 3.5 million businesses. As announced by the Treasurer, from 7:30pm (AEDT) on 6 October 2020 until 30 June 2022, businesses with turnover up to $5 billion will be able to deduct the full cost of eligible depreciable assets of any value in the year they are installed. In March, the Government increased the eligible amount for each asset up to $150,000 from $30,000. Now, the Government says there’s no limit on the asset’s price tag.

The cost of improvements to existing eligible depreciable assets made during this period can also be fully deducted.

JobMaker Hiring Credit

The government’s new JobMaker Hiring Credit is expected to help accelerate growth in employment during the recovery by giving businesses incentives to take on additional employees that are young job seekers aged 16 to 35 years old.

Under this measure, businesses will receive the JobMaker hiring credit of $200 per week for every worker aged up to 30 and $100 a week if they hire an eligible young person aged 30 to 35 years, payable for the next 12 months for new hires who work at least 20 hours per week.

$1.2bn to help employ 100,000 new apprentices

The government is investing an additional $1.2 billion to help Australian businesses employ 100,000 new apprentices or trainees. The subsidy will be available to employers Australia-wide who engage an Australian apprentice or trainee from 5 October 2020 until the 100,000 cap is reached. Employers will be eligible for 50 per cent of the wages for a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for the period up to 30 September 2021 (up to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter).

Tax concessions, including changes to FBT

Businesses with an aggregated annual turnover between $10 million and $50 million will have access to up to 10 small business tax concessions as part of the 2020–21 budget.

  • From 1 July 2020, eligible businesses will be able to immediately deduct certain start-up expenses and certain prepaid expenditure.

  • From 1 April 2021, eligible businesses will be exempt from the 47 per cent fringe benefits tax on car parking and multiple work-related portable electronic devices, such as phones or laptops, provided to employees.

  • From 1 July 2021, eligible businesses will be able to access the simplified trading stock rules, remit pay-as-you-go (PAYG) instalments based on GDP adjusted notional tax. Eligible businesses will also have a two-year amendment period apply to income tax assessments for income years starting from 1 July 2021.

R&D incentives

The government is providing an additional $2 billion through the Research and Development Tax Incentive.

Under the new package, the proposed $4 million cap on annual cash refunds will not proceed, instead small companies – those with aggregated annual turnover of less than $20 million – will see the refundable R&D tax offset set at 18.5 percentage points above the claimant’s company tax rate. These changes will commence from 1 July 2021.

Mental health aid

The government will provide $7.0 million in 2020-21 to support the mental health and financial wellbeing of small businesses impacted by COVID-19, including $4.3 million to provide free, accessible and tailored support for small business owners by expanding Beyond Blue’s NewAccess program in partnership with the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman; and $2.2 million to expand a free accredited professional development program that builds the mental health literacy of trusted business advisers so that they can better support small business owners in times of distress, delivered through Deakin University.

$1.5bn strategy to prop up manufacturing

$1.5 billion in new funding will be invested over the next four years to make Australian manufacturers more competitive through the economic recovery from COVID-19. The main element of the $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy is the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative, which will support projects within six National Manufacturing Priorities, including resources technology and critical minerals processing; food and beverage; medical products; recycling and clean energy; defence; and space.

$800m digital plan

$800 million is being invested to push businesses towards adopting digital technologies to grow their business and help the post-COVID economic recovery.

Please find following a link to more detail on the Australian Government's 2020-21 Federal Budget.

For more information call Cam on 0411 034 275 or email


The information presented is general in nature and not to be used, relied or acted upon without seeking professional advice to ensure that the information appropriate for your individual circumstances. National Taxation accepts no liability for any errors or omissions, or for any loss or damage suffered as a result of any person acting without such advice. ABN 63 665 545 130


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