The 2021-22 Federal Budget has been released. The Main Points include:

Business

  • Businesses can fully expense depreciating assets up to 30 June 2022 where their turnover is under $5 Billion.
  • Government Assistance of $2.1 Billion in targeted support for aviation, tourism, arts and international education providers.
  • Super Guarantee Contribution (SGC) rate on Wages is to increase to 10% on 1 July 2021. Subsequently Increase to 10.5% on 1 July 2022 and keep increasing until it reaches 12% on 1 July 2025. An increase of wages costs for Employers is the result. Employees need to review Salary Sacrifice Arrangements as a priority to not breach their concessional cap.
  • Removing the $450 Threshold per month before SGC applied to an employee’s wages. Now, Super Guarantee contributions are required on all wages paid from 1 July 2022.

The forecasted deficit for this 2020-21 Financial Year is $161 Billion. A $106 Billion deficit is expected for the 2021-22 Financial Year. The forecasted deficit is expected to continue to reduce to a $57 Billion deficit in the 2024-25 Financial Year because of economic recovery.

The Net Debt for the Federal Government is expected to increase to $617 Billion this 2021 Financial Year because of Government spending. Net debt is expected to peak at $980 Billion or 40.9% of GDP in the 2025 Financial Year. Gross debt is expected to exceed $1 Trillion due to Government borrowing as a result of covid.

Subsequently, this is a budget aimed at stimulating economic recovery over the next 3 years.

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