What did I miss? 1 July changes

July 2017

July 1 saw the start of many of the Government's budgets measures – Find out what is changing for you.

This year's Federal Budget announced many measures that would be landing for 1 July 2017. As the new financial year gets underway, here is what you should be aware of:

Status of announced changes

  • GST applies to digital products & services imported by consumers
  • Small business $20k instant asset write-off extended until 30 June 2018
  • Company tax rate reduction to 27.5% for entities with an aggregated turnover of less than $25m (companies with a turnover of less than $10m have been subject to this tax rate since 1 July 2016).
  • Major Bank Levy introduced
  • 2% temporary debt tax removed from high income earners
  • Plant & equipment deductions limited for residential property investors (not yet legislated)
  • Residential property investors no longer able to claim travel expenses (not yet legislated)

First home saver scheme begins (not yet legislated) 

Superannuation reforms

  • Cap on concessional contributions (before tax) reduces to $25,000 for everyone.
  • Cap on non-concessional contributions (after tax) reduces to $100,000.
  • $1.6 million transfer balance cap limits how much money a member can transfer into or hold in a tax-free pension account. Excess amounts are subject to a transfer balance tax.
  • Threshold to access the tax offset for contributions to a spouse increased to $37,000 (partial offset available up to $40,000).
  • Threshold for low income super tax offset increased to $37,000.
  • The threshold at which high-income earners pay Division 293 tax on their concessionally taxed superannuation contributions reduced to $250,000 (from 300,000).

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