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March 30, 2022 By Troy Furness

Federal Budget 2022-23 for Individuals & Superannuation

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This is a safe, ballot box friendly Budget as expected with a focus on jobs, cost of living, home ownership, and health. Key initiatives include: 

  • A 6 month, 50% reduction in fuel excise with effect from midnight Budget night
  • A $420 cost of living tax offset for low and middle income earners from 1 July 2022
  • A one-off $250 economic support payment to some social security payment recipients 

We've summarised the budget in a few different articles:

For you and your family

Temporary reduction in fuel excise 

From: 12.01am 30 March 2022 

 There are a few jokes going around social media about the price of fuel. 

 As widely predicted, the Government will temporarily reduce the excise and excise-equivalent customs duty rate that applies to petrol and diesel by 50% for 6 months from Budget night. That is, the current 44.2 cents per litre excise rate will reduce to 22.1 cents per litre from Budget night. However, the measure is subject to the passage of the enabling legislation so don’t expect to see a change right away. 

 The reduction extends to all other fuel and petroleum-based products except aviation fuels. At the conclusion of the 6 months on 28 September 2022, the excise and excise-equivalent customs duty rates revert to previous rates including any indexation that would have applied during the 6-month period.

 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) will monitor the price behaviour of retailers to ensure that the lower excise rate is passed on to consumers. The measure comes at a cost of $5.6bn. 

 

Low and middle-income cost of living tax offset increase 

From: 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 

 The low and middle-income tax offset (LMITO) currently provides a reduction in tax of up to $1,080 for individuals with a taxable income of up to $126,000. 

 The tax offset is triggered when a taxpayer lodges their 2021-22 tax return. For 2021-22, the LMITO will be increased by $420 which means that the proposed new rates for individuals are as follows: 

  • Taxable income $37,000 or less = $675 
  • Between $37,001 and $48,000 = $675 plus 7.5 cents for every dollar above $37,000, up to a maximum of $1,500 
  • Between $48,001 and $90,000 = $1,500 
  • Between $90,001 and $126,000 = $1,500 minus 3 cents for every dollar of the amount above $90,000  

$250 cost of living payment 

From: April 2022 

 A one-off $250 ‘cost of living payment’ will be provided to Australian resident recipients of the following payments and concession card holders: 

  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment
  • Carer Payment
  • Carer Allowance (if not in receipt of a primary income support payment)
  • Jobseeker Payment
  • Youth Allowance
  • Austudy and Abstudy Living Allowance
  • Double Orphan Pension
  • Special Benefit
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) holders
  • Commonwealth Seniors Health Card holders
  • Eligible Veterans’ Affairs payment recipients and Veteran Gold card holders. 

 The payments are exempt from taxation and will not count as income support for the purposes of any income support payment. An individual can only receive one payment. 

Medicare levy low-income threshold increased 

From: 1 July 2021 

 The Medicare levy low-income thresholds for seniors and pensioners, families, and singles will increase from 1 July 2021.

  • Singles: (2020-2021) $23,226, (2021-22) $23,365
  • Family Threshold: (2020-2021) $39,167, (2021-22) $39,402
  • Single seniors and pensioners: (2020-2021) $36,705, (2021-22) $36,925
  • Family threshold for seniors and pensioners: (2020-2021) $51,094, (2021-22) $51,401

For each dependent child or student, the family income thresholds increase by a further $3,619 instead of the previous amount of $3,597.  

Home Guarantee Scheme extended 

The Home Guarantee Scheme guarantees part of an eligible buyer’s home loan, enabling people to buy a home with a smaller deposit and without the need for a lender's mortgage insurance. The Government has extended two existing guarantees and introduced a new regional scheme. 

 Just prior to the Budget, the Government announced:

  • First Home Guarantee – from 1 July 2022, an increase from 10,000 to 35,000 guarantees to support eligible first homebuyers purchasing a new or existing home.
  • Single parent Family Home Guarantee - 5,000 guarantees each year from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025. The family home guarantee supports eligible single parents with children to buy their first home or to re-enter the housing market with a deposit of as little as 2%.
  • Introduction of a Regional Home Guarantee. This guarantee will support eligible citizens and permanent residents who have not owed a home for 5 years (including non-first home buyers) to purchase or construct a new home in regional areas with a minimum 5% deposit areas (subject to the passage of enabling legislation).   

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Digitalising trust income reporting 

From: 1 July 2024 

 Trust and beneficiary income reporting and processing will be digitalised with all trusts being provided with the option of lodging income tax returns electronically. While this measure will reduce compliance costs, it will also increase transparency and provide the ATO with a greater insight into where anomalies are occurring.

 

Your superannuation

 

Reduction in minimum superannuation drawdown rates extended again 

The temporary 50% reduction in superannuation minimum drawdown requirements for account-based pensions and similar products has been extended to 30 June 2023.  

 

Remember to check out the other Federal Budget Articles!

Keep reading:

If we can assist you to take advantage of any of the Budget measures, or risk protecting your position, please let us know. As always, we’re here if you need us! 

About Author

Troy Furness

Troy is one of the Directors of Trekk and considers himself to be our 'Chief Ideas Person' - He has years of experience working in large firms, family businesses, and small practice. During this time experienced lots of successes, as well as some failures. He uses the lessons he's learned along the way to help his client's in any problem they are facing, as well as planning their road to success. The best piece of advice he's been given is "Work hard and the rewards will come, if you give up, then so will the rewards". But while he knows the value of hard work, he also understands the value of personal time too. So, you'll often find him settling in with a good movie with his family, having a punt with his friends or traveling to get some things ticked off the old bucket list in his spare time. If he's ever in need of an injection of motivation, you'll hear him blasting Hilltop Hoods or Eminem and he is hoping to compete in an Iron Man one day soon. A favourite family tradition is watching the Boxing Day Test with his son and if he ever finds the time to read he may pick up a James Patterson 'Alex Cross' novel.

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