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2018 Federal Budget Summary

  • Adroit Insurance Group
  • May 15, 2018

Federal Budget

This year, the treasurer promised a Budget that delivers a strong economy, more jobs, and essential services, so our team have cut through the cryptic charts and political jargon to find what we all REALLY want to know from the 2018/19 Federal Budget; What’s in it for us?

These changes are proposals only and may or may not be made into law. This information is provided to help assist in understanding the 2018 Federal Budget changes. It does not constitute advice and any questions should be directed to your Financial Adviser.

KEY THEMES

This year’s budget was all about the next election with:

Tax relief to encourage and reward working Australians.
Support for business to invest and create jobs.
Guaranteeing “essential” services.
Keeping Australia safe.
And the government living within its means.

INCOME TAX

A multi-year plan to make personal income tax lower, fairer and simpler.
Top tax threshold will increase from $87,000 to $90,000 – meaning 94 per cent of Australians will pay no more than 32.5 cents in the dollar.
Those earning $37,000 or less will save up to $200 on tax.
Those earning more than $37,000 up to $90,000 will save up to $530 on tax.
Little tax relief for those earning over $125,000 until 2024/25 when the 37 percent tax bracket is abolished.
Relaxing the Parental Income Tax for access to Youth Allowance by $10,000 per annum per child.
Tax changes to cost $13.4 billion.

SUPER AND PENSIONS

Banning exit fees on superannuation accounts when people change funds.
Those under 25 won’t be forced to pay for life insurance as part of the super fund.
Pensions Loan Scheme opened to all older Australians without impact on pension or benefits.
Expanded Pension Work Bonus will allow pensioners to earn an extra $1300 a year.
Wage subsidies of up to $10,000 for employers who take on older workers.
Skills and Training Incentive to allow mature age workers to update their skills.

AGED CARE

Increase in the number of home care places by 14,000 over four years at a cost of $1.6 billion.
$146 million to improve access to aged care services in rural, regional and remote areas.
$83 million for mental health services in residential aged care facilities to help combat depression.
Creation of a national online register for enduring powers of attorney.
Government to fund targeted programs run by local sporting organisations and community groups to encourage older Australians to remain physically active.

BUSINESS

Instant asset write off for business with a turnover up to $10 million extended to purchases up to $20,000.
New anti-phoenixing measures to make sure small businesses don’t get ripped off by those trying to avoid paying bills.
Extra $250 million for the Skilling Australians Fund.
Changing the tax treatment of stapled structures to remove the loophole that gives foreign companies a tax break over Australian companies.
Tightening thin cap rules to stop multinationals from fiddling with debt to reduce their tax liabilities.
A discussion paper to come that will explore options for taxing digital business in Australia.
Black Economy Taskforce recommendations will bring in $5.3 billion over the next four years by targeting sectors that underreport income.

MEDICAL AND HEALTH

The new five-year hospital agreement with States and Territories will deliver $30 billion in additional funding.
21st-century medical industry plan to create more jobs in the sector.
$500 million over 10 years for the Medical Research Fund.
Extra $1.4 billion for listings on the PBS, including treatments for HIV, spinal muscular atrophy, breast cancer, refractory multiple myeloma, and relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.
$125 million over 10 years from the Medical Research Future Fund for Lifeline Australia and Mental Health Research.
$20.9 million for tests to ensure that debilitating conditions are picked up early.
$154 million to promote healthy living, including $83 million for existing community sports facilities and to expand local and school sporting programs.
Increased financial support for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

TECHNOLOGY

$2.4 billion to be invested in public technology infrastructure including supercomputers and satellite technology.
Refocusing the R&D (research and development) tax incentive to support companies that invest in R&D.
Additional funding to protect farmers from pests, disease and weeds.

ENERGY
National energy guarantee to see annual power bills fall by an average of $400 a year from 2020.
Emission reduction target to remain at 26-28 per cent.

INFRASTRUCTURE

In addition to the 10-year $75 billion infrastructure projects already announced, the government will create a $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund to improve traffic flow and safety at a state level.
And a $3.5 billion for a Roads of Strategic Importance initiative upgrading key freight routes.
$550 million will be spent to address remote housing needs in the Northern Territory.

EDUCATION

Needs-based funding for schools to deliver $24.5 billion more over the next 10 years.
Schools to receive $18.7 billion, with a legislated rise to around $30 billion in 2027.
National Schools Chaplaincy program extended with a focus on anti-bullying.
Universal access to early childhood education extended for a year costing $440 million.

BORDER CONTROL

$50 million to upgrade security infrastructure at 64 regional airports.
$122 million to enhance screening of inbound air cargo and international mail.
$122 million to increase border force capability at nine domestic and international airports.
$160 million to help agencies fight crime and prevent terrorism, including $68.6 million to prevent child exploitation and abuse.
This blog article does not consider your personal circumstances and is general advice only unless otherwise stated. You should not act on any recommendation without considering your personal needs, circumstances and objectives. Adroit Financial Group recommends you obtain professional financial advice specific to your circumstances.

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