Mr Taxman
Change the way you feel about taxes.
Get informed and discover what the taxman doesn't want you to know.
Sharing it with Australia, Mr Taxman is a regular Woman’s Day columist and TV finance commentator
  • click to visit Mr Taxman on Twitter
  • click to visit Mr Taxman on FaceBook
  • rss

FEDERAL BUDGET - What it means to you

May 11, 2010

Wayne Swan delivered a fairly tame, yet solid, Federal Budget for the nation this week. Whilst the $40.8 billion deficit looks scary it is actually $16.3 billion less than what was expected. The Treasurer is also predicting a return to surplus three years earlier than expected. Good news.

Only a handful of goodies were expected after the handouts we got in last year's stimulus packages. But what would an election year be without a few incentives? Here is what you can expect.

Low Income Earners

In 2010/11, the Low Income Tax Offset will increase from $1,350 to $1,500. This is great news for low income earners who will be able to effectively earn up to $16,000 tax free. The Senior Australian Tax Offset will also increase to $30,685 for singles and $26,680 each for couples.

Tax cuts

Most taxpayers can expect a $300 tax saving from 1 July as the 30% marginal tax rate threshold increases from $35,000 to $37,000. The 38% marginal tax rate will decrease to 37% resulting in a potential tax saving of up to $1,000 for those earning more than $80,000.

Medicare levy threshold

Singles earning less than $18,488 and couples with a combined income under $31,196 will be exempt from paying the Medicare Levy in the 2009/10 year. However the threshold that taxpayers can claim 20% of net medical expenses has risen from $1,500 to $2,000.

First Home Savers

First Home Saver Accounts holders will no longer have to wait four years before they are able to buy a home due to a relaxation of the rules.

Super guarantee increasing

As announced in the Henry Tax Review, the super guarantee levy will be gradually increased by 3% to 12% in 2019.

$500 more for low earners

The Government will top up the super funds of wage earners by $500 if they earn less than $37,000.

Concessions for over 50s

Workers over 50 who have less than $500,000 in super will be able to contribute up to $50,000 a year from 2012.

Lower company tax

The company tax rate will reduce by 2% to 28% by 2014 with small businesses getting access to the cut a year earlier. Small business also wins with an immediate write-off for assets up to $5,000.

On a positive note ... the 50% tax discount on up to $1,000 of interest income from 1 July 2011. This will definitely make saving alot more attractive and provides an even playing field to those already enjoying tax advantages for share and property investments. This will place downward pressure on banks’ funding costs resulting in more competitive loan rates for home owners.

On a negative note ... the $500 standard deduction for work related expenses from 2012/13. An unofficial "$300 without receipts" system has been operating for umpteen years and it has been long overdue a CPI upgrade. According to ATO statistics, the average tax deduction claimed by individuals in 2007/08 was $3,311.

Tags: BudgetEmployeesPropertySmall BusinessSuper

Author: Mr Taxman

Comments

Post a New Comment

Media Availability

Are you interested in booking Mr Taxman for a speaking engagement or requesting his viewpoints for an article?

comments-rhsLatest Comments

  • "Hi there, I am non resident and just bought a property in Perth. Property price was $800k, Australian bank had lent me $200k against the property, and rest $600k I have loaned from my bank in UK..."

    By: Nick at Jun 16, 2017 12:00AM

    Post: Buying property as non-resident

  • "Hi there, I have an enquiry regarding CGT please. My son purchased a house nearly six years ago (6 years this December 2017) When he purchased he lived in it for 8 months but then he decided he..."

    By: maree at Jun 15, 2017 11:45PM

    Post: Little known ways to reduce capital gains tax on your investment property

  • "I have a similar situation. I live overseas but visit Australia and am an Australian resident for tax purposes. I am marrying an American who also lives overseas. I have a property in Australia so it..."

    By: Bron at Jun 14, 2017 7:32AM

    Post: Marriage

  • "I have recently got a job as a contract sales consultant and spend a lot of time on the road, but they don't offer a car allowance, I pay for all exspenses on a flat hourly rate."

    By: Sandy at Jun 13, 2017 10:26AM

    Post: Claiming car expenses

  • "I have a unit in Cairns which is vacant for a few days and I would like to check it. Can I claim air fare etc if I am staying in the unit while I am there? Thank you Veronica"

    By: Veronica Lennox at Jun 08, 2017 4:00AM

    Post: Travel to see your investment property