This year’s Federal Budget is an ‘election budget’ with future tax cuts for all Australians, especially low and middle income earners. Overall, there were minimal changes to super proposed in the Budget, with minor changes to super contributions for older Australians.
We’ve summarised some of the key points from the Budget below, but remember these are subject to the passing of legislation.
- From 1 July 2022, the upper personal income tax threshold for the 19% tax rate will increase to $45,000.
- From 1 July 2024, the 32.5% tax rate will reduce to 30%.
- Increase to the tax offset for low and middle income earners.
- Increase to the age at which people can contribute to super without meeting the work test.
- A one-off energy assistance payment for people receiving government assistance.
Personal income tax cuts
The Government proposes the following personal income tax rates.
- From 1 July 2022, the upper threshold of the 19% tax bracket will increase from $41,000 to $45,000 and the low income tax offset (LITO) will increase from $645 to $700.
- From 1 July 2024, the 32.5% tax rate will reduce to 30%.
Proposed personal tax rates and thresholds
Low and middle income tax offset
The low and middle income tax offset (LMITO) will increase for the 2018/19 to 2021/22 financial years. After this, LMITO is not available. The maximum LMITO will increase from $530 to $1,080.
Medicare levy low income thresholds
From 1 July 2018, the Medicare levy low income thresholds will be increased to reflect movements in the consumer price index (CPI).
Energy Assistance Payment
A one-off Energy Assistance Payment of $75 for singles and $62.50 for each eligible member of a couple. To be eligible, you must be receiving a qualifying Government payment on 2 April 2019 and be resident in Australia.
Qualifying payments are the Age Pension, Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment Single, the Veterans’ Service Pension and the Veterans’ Income Support supplement, Veterans’ disability payments, War Widow(er)’s Pension, and permanent impairment payments under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (including dependent partners) and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988.
Partner service pension
Both former spouses and former de-facto partners of veterans will be able to continue to receive the partner service pension after their relationship with their veteran partner has ended, including situations where the relationship has ended because of family or domestic violence.
Protecting Your Super Package
In March 2019, the Protecting Your Super Package legislation passed. This means:
- if you have a super balance of below $6,000, administration and investment fees will be capped at 3%
- from 1 July 2019, you will no longer be charged an exit fee
- if your account has been inactive for 16 consecutive months your insurance cover will cease.
The proposal to ensure insurance is only offered on an opt-in basis for accounts with balances of less than $6,000 and new accounts belonging to members under the age of 25, did not pass into legislation. The Government will delay the start date for this measure until 1 October 2019.
Superannuation contributions for pre-retirees
From 1 July 2020, there will be no work test for people aged 65 and 66 when making concessional and non-concessional contributions. Currently, you need to work at least 40 hours over a 30 day period to contribute.
Also, the three-year bring-forward for non-concessional contributions is proposed to be extended to people aged 65 and 66 which means they could contribute up to $300,000 in non-concessional and $25,000 concessional contributions in one year.
From 1 July 2020, you can continue to receive spouse contributions up to age 74, up from age 69, if the work test is met. This will help couples even up their super balances as they near retirement.
Australian Defence Force Superannuation Scheme
The Government will allow Australian Defence Force Superannuation Scheme (ADF Super) members to choose to remain contributory members when they discharge from the Australian Defence Force.
Government agency funding
The Government will provide additional funding to facilitate the Government’s response to the Royal Commission, including additional resources for the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).
The announcements in the update are proposals unless stated otherwise. These proposals need to be successfully passed through Parliament before becoming law and may be subject to change.
This information is issued by RI Advice Group Pty Ltd (RI Advice), ABN 23 001 774 125, which holds Australian Financial Services Licence Number 238429 and is a summary of RI Advice ‘s understanding of the proposed Federal Budget 2019/20 changes announced on 2 April 2019. RI Advice is a company within the IOOF Group of companies, consisting of IOOF Holdings Limited ABN 49 100 103 722 and its related bodies corporate. The changes are subject to the passing of legislation and, accordingly, may not become law or may change. Please note that the information is based on RI Advice’s interpretation of the proposed changes as at the date of issue of this document. Accordingly, you must not do or refrain from doing anything in reliance on this information without obtaining suitable professional advice. In addition, the information is of a general nature and may not be relevant to your/your client’s individual circumstances. Before making any investment decision you must consider the relevant PDS, available on request by calling RI Advice. This information does not consider your personal circumstances and is general advice only. You should not act on any recommendation without obtaining professional financial advice specific to your circumstances. If you wish to opt out of future communications, please contact us.