2022-23 Federal Budget – Is There Anything in the Budget for You?

2022-23 Federal Budget –  Is There Anything in the Budget for You?

In the lead up to the federal election in May, the Government last night handed down their budget for 2022/23.  It includes very few taxation measures, and the details of some were vague.  The Government will enter a caretaker period once the Prime Minister calls the election, so we are unlikely to see draft legislation before 30 June, making tax planning involving the announced measures difficult. 

We’ve summarised the key items that we think are most important below.  You can find full details on the budget website.

Personal Tax

The low- and middle-income tax offset (LMITO) will be increased by $420 for this year only, so that the maximum LMITO benefit will be $1,500.  The table below sets out LMITO entitlements for each income band:

Taxable Income (TI)Proposed LMITO 2021-22
$0 – $37,000$675
$37,001 – $48,000$675 + ([TI – $37,000] x 7.5%)
$48,001 – $90,000$1,500
$90,001 – $126,000$1,500 – ([TI – $90,000] x 3%)
$126,001 +Nil

Importantly, there was no announcement about further extending LMITO beyond 30 June 2022, meaning an effective tax increase from 1 July 2022 for currently eligible taxpayers.

Small Businesses

Two support measures were announced for small businesses (ie with aggregated turnover of less than $50 million) aimed at encouraging small business to invest in skills and training, and digital adoption. 

From 7.30pm on 29 March 2022, eligible businesses will be entitled to an additional 20% deduction for:

Skills and Training Boost

Costs incurred until 30 June 2024 on external training courses provided to its employees.  The training course must be provided to employees in Australia or online and be delivered by entities registered in Australia. 

Technology Investment Boost

Costs incurred until 30 June 2023 on business expenses and depreciating assets that support its digital adoption, such as portable payment devices, cyber security systems and subscriptions to cloud-based services.  An annual cap of $100,000 per year applies.

The claim for the additional 20% for costs incurred by 30 June 2022 will be claimed in the tax return for the following year, while costs incurred in subsequent years will be included in the tax return for the year the expenditure was incurred.

For small businesses to make decisions on utilising the Boosts, they will need clarity on issues like:

  • Does training only qualify if it is provided by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), or will there be some other form of registered training provider?
  • What expenses and assets qualify as supporting digital adoption? (Eg would the purchase of an iPad qualify?  What about your existing subscriptions to cloud tools like Xero or QuickBooks?)

Patent Box Extension

Last year’s budget included the announcement of a new patent box regime to commence from 1 July 2022 to encourage investment in Australian medical and biotechnology innovation.  Under the regime, income from Australian patents in those industries would be taxed at a concessional rate of 17%. 

The government has now announced that patents granted under US and European regimes will also be eligible. The regime will also be expanded to cover the agricultural sector and low emissions technology innovations.

Employee Share Schemes

In a bid to remove red tape and expand access to Employee Share Schemes, the government intends to change the investment thresholds for unlisted companies in relation to employee share schemes.

The proposal does not, however, include any change to the tax treatment of employee share schemes.

Primary Producer Concessions for Carbon Credit and Biodiversity Certificate Income

In October 2021, the National Party agreed to sign up to a net zero emissions target by 2050 in exchange for a package to protect regional economies.  As a result of this agreement, from 1 July 2022 proceeds from the sale of Australian Carbon Credit Units (ACCU’s) and biodiversity certificates generated from on-farm activities are to be treated as primary production income for the purposes of the Farm Management Deposits scheme and the tax averaging provisions.

PAYG Instalments

From 1 January 2024, companies will be allowed an additional option for calculating their instalments.   They will be able to choose to have their PAYG instalments calculated based on current financial performance, extracted from business accounting software.  The commencement date is “subject to advice from software providers about their capacity to deliver.”

The GDP uplift factor for PAYG and GST instalments will also be reduced from 10% down to 2% from the 2022-23 financial year, thus providing some cashflow assistance.

Superannuation Measures

The temporary 50% reduction in minimum annual payment amounts for superannuation pensions has been extended to 30 June 2023.  The minimum drawdowns are set out in the table below:

Age of MemberStandard Drawdown %Minimum Drawdown
% for 2022-23

There were no announcements in relation to superannuation guarantee, with the rate rising from 10% to 10.5% on 1 July 2022 in accordance with previous announcements.

Other Measures

There were several measures announced that have been widely discussed in the news in the lead up to the budget.  These include:

  • A one-off tax exempt $250 cost of living payment to be paid in April 2022 to eligible pensioners, welfare recipients, veterans, and eligible concession card holders. 
  • Fuel excise has been reduced by 50% for 6 months from 30 March to 28 September 2022.
  • The First Home Guarantee Scheme has been expanded to 50,000 places, including 10,000 regional places and 5,000 places for single parents.

If you have any questions in relation to the effect of the budget on you don’t hesitate to contact your client manager.

Kreston Stanley Williamson

Author – Darren O’Malley

*Correct as of 31 March 2022

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