Monthly Legal Updater June 2018 – Budget Special

In Show 098 – Monthly Legal Updater June 2018 – Budget Special originally broadcast on Facebook Live on Friday 8 June 2018.

Show Notes

Today on the monthly legal updater we’re doing something a little different.  We’ve invited two guests to join us for a discussion about superannuation and taxes.  Brett Griffiths and Kim Reynolds are chartered accountants at the firm Vincents in Brisbane.  Combined they both have decades of experience in their respective fields.  The firm recently produced a report on the recent Federal Budget.  We wanted to hear their perspectives on how the budget will affect small business.

Brett feels strongly that this is an election budget.  The government is trying not to rock the boat too much and to appeal to as many voters as possible.  The centerpiece of the budget is a personal tax cut.  Many of them will come into effect on July 1, 2018.  One of the cuts comes in the form of a low to middle income offset that can be used on next year’s tax returns.  The government is starting to flatten out tax rates.  One of the marginal tax brackets will change from $87 thousand to $90 thousand.  In the three years that increases to $120 thousand.  The top marginal rate will be $200 thousand.

Even though the budget has largely focused on individuals there were a few changes that will affect business owners.  There is an extension of the $20 thousand right off for acquisitions.  That was supposed to finish this year but it will be extended another 12 months.  That tax deduction has not been taken up by many business owners but is well worth considering.  That only impacts small businesses and it can be tricky to determine what firms fit that definition.

There was also a change to Division 7A  which relates to private company loans and forgiveness of debts.  Entwined in that is interpretation of how it applies to trusts.  The government is going to introduce some changes about how that will work.  Those details have not yet been released.

The budget also included some measures dealing with the “black economy.”  One of them limits the amount of cash receipts that can be taken by companies to $10 thousand.  A company can not receive payments that exceed that amount in cash.  How practically this will be monitored is still very much an open question.

There have been a few changes to superannuation but not many.  The industry is still trying to deal with all the changes that came into effect in 2016.  They allowed self-managed super funds to have six instead of just four members.  That’s going to mean they will need a corporate trustee instead of an individual trustee.

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