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Small business among ‘winners’ in Federal Budget after a year of losses

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has declared Australia will not fall on its knees despite facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. In his 2020 budget business comes out a major winner along with people who need upskilling and of course workers who will receive tax cuts.


Taxpayers – 
Stage two personal income tax cuts will be backdated to July 1, 2020, putting $12 billion into the pockets of Australians.

The 19 per cent tax bracket will rise from $37,000 to $45,000. The 32.5 per cent bracket will rise from $90,000 to $120,000. The 45 per cent bracket will rise from $180,000 to $200,000.

Investment – Nearly all Australian businesses will be able to write off the full value of eligible assets until June 2022.

Incorporated small businesses – Loss carry back provisions will allow small businesses to offset current losses on to previous tax refunds.


Research and development – The government has completely backflipped on previously proposed cuts to research and development tax incentives.

Small businesses start-ups – Small businesses with a turnover of $10 million to $50 million will be able to claim up to 10 tax breaks, with fringe benefits tax scrapped on car parking, phones or laptops, simpler trading stock rules and easier PAYG instalments. It will cost the government $105 million.

Businesses needing to retrain workers – Businesses will be exempt from fringe benefits tax if they reskill or retrain workers facing redundancy.

Unemployed young people – Employers who give a job to an unemployed young person will receive a wage subsidy, with the measure costing around $1.2 billion.

Apprentices – Employers will get $1.2 billion in subsidies for 100,000 new apprentice wages each year.

Manufacturers – The government will dole out up to $1.5 billion in grants to encourage advanced manufacturing in resources and critical minerals; food and beverages; medical products; recycling and clean energy; defence and space.

State infrastructure – $10 billion in ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ payments will be doled out to the states to get infrastructure projects going, with more money for states with the quickest trigger finger.

Aged care – Up to 23,000 extra home-care packages will be funded at cost of $1.6 billion for elderly Australians to receive care at their homes.

Northern Territory – The North Australia Infrastructure Facility will see more flexible rules for investment

Mental health – The number of rebated psychology sessions will double, with Australians now able to access up to 20 sessions through Medicare.

Affordable housing developers – An extra $1 billion in low cost financing to help build more affordable housing.

Film and TV studios – Industry will receive $53 million in funding and rejigged local content rules

Eco-tourism industry – The government will spend $61.7 million to promote more environmental tourism.

Australian Federal Police – A $300 million funding boost for operations, mental health support and the establishment of a reserve police force.

Pensioners – Aged pensioners will receive two $250 payments, one in December and one in March.

Migrant families – The government will allow 30,000 family members of migrants to come to Australian through Family Stream places.


Future generations – Gross debt levels are expected to reach $1 trillion with the budget deficit to pass $200 billion.

JobSeekers –The now $250 coronavirus supplement tacked on to the unemployment payment will end on December 31.

Dud super funds – Super funds will be publicly ranked by performance on a new government-run website under new benchmarks.

Labor – A swathe of personal and business tax cuts will probably give the Coalition ammunition against the Opposition at the next election.

The big banks, miners – Banks will miss out on wage subsidies and banks and miners will miss out on the investment write offs and loss carry-backs.

International travellers – no hints on when international travel can resume.


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