The ‘ace in the hole’ of the 2023-24 Federal Budget was the $4.2bn surplus; the first in 15 years.
The surplus was driven by a surge in the corporate and individual tax take. High commodity prices, inflation, and high employment have all pushed up corporate and individual tax receipts. But the gains can't be relied on long term. The Budget is expected to deliver a deficit of $13.9 billion in 2023-24, and a $35.1bn deficit in 2024-25.
While social initiatives dominated the Budget other key items of interest to small and medium business owner-operators included:
- The legislated stage 3 tax cuts legislated to take effect on 1 July 2024 remain in place. Stage 3 radically simplifies the tax brackets by collapsing the 32.5% and 37% rates into a single 30% rate for those earning between $45,001 and $200,000.
- For small business, the instant asset write-off will enable multiple assets of up to $20,000 to be written-off in the year of purchase.
To find out more detail about what was included in the Budget download the Power Tynan 2023-24 Budget Overview paper.
To take advantage of any of the Budget measures, or to risk protect your position, contact our team of experienced Business Advisors today.