Author: Calvin McLeod
Ashfords Superannuation Manager
The federal election has been called for May 18 and both major parties have outlined their superannuation and tax policies. With the federal
election only weeks away, many of our clients have been asking what the major political parties’ policies are, that may impact their SMSF,
individual taxation circumstances or personal investments.
If you would like more information on a particular policy announcement, please do not hesitate to contact our office to set up a time to
discuss any requirements you may have.
Australians aged 65 and 66 will be able to make voluntary superannuation contributions without needing to work a minimum amount. Previously,
this was only available to individuals below
Extending access to the bring-forward arrangements (the ability to make three years of post-tax contributions in a single year) to
individuals aged 65 and 66.
- Increasing the age limit for individuals to receive spouse contributions from 69 to 74.
- Reducing red-tape on how SMSFs claim tax deductions for earnings on assets supporting superannuation pensions.
Delaying the implementation of SuperStream (electronic rollovers for SMSFs and superannuation funds) until March 2021 to allow for greater
From 2018-19 taxpayers earning between $48,000 and $90,000 will receive $1,080 as a low and middle income tax offset. Individuals earning below $37,000
will receive a base amount of $255, with the offset increasing at a rate of 7.5 cents per dollar for those earning $37,000-$48,000 to a maximum offset
Stage 1 tax cuts: From July 1 2018, extending the top of the 32.5 percent personal tax bracket from the previous upper limit of
$87,000 to $90,000 i.e. those earning between $87,001 and $90,000 fall into a lower tax bracket
Stage 2 tax cuts: From 1 July 2022, extending the top of the 19 percent personal income tax bracket from $41,000, to $45,000.
Stage 3 tax cuts: From 1 July 2024, reducing the 32.5 per cent personal income tax rate to 30 per cent which applies from $120,000 to
$200,000. The 37 per cent tax bracket will be abolished.
Australian Labor Party
Disallowing refunds of excess franking credits from 1 July 2019 – this would mean SMSF members in pension phase no longer receive refunds
for the franking credits they receive for their Australian share investments.
- Banning new limited recourse borrowing arrangements.
- Reducing the post-tax contributions cap to $75,000 per year down from $100,000.
- Ending the ability to make catch-up concessional contributions for unused cap amounts in the previous five years.
Ending the ability for individuals to make personal superannuation tax deductible contributions unless less than 10 percent of their income
is from salaries.
- Lowering the higher income 30 percent super contribution tax threshold from $250,000 to $200,000.
Labor supports the stage 1 tax cuts and will match the $1,080 low and middle income tax offset. From 1 July 2018, individuals earning below
$37,000, will get a $350 a year tax offset, with this amount increasing for those earning between $37,000- $48,000 to the maximum $1,080
- Introduce a 30 percent tax rate for discretionary trust distributions to people over the age of 18.
Will limit negative gearing to newly built housing from January 1 2020. (Existing investments are grandfathered under the current law)
Reduce the capital gains tax discount for assets that are held longer than 12 months from the current 50 per cent to 25 per cent. (Existing
investments are grandfathered under the current law)
- Limit the deductions for the cost of managing tax affairs to $3,000.
How can we help?
If you have any questions or would like further clarification in regards to how the above policies may affect you and your fund, please feel
free to give me a call to arrange a time to meet so that we can discuss your particular requirements in more detail.