Five things your clients need to know about the 2020-21 budget

There’s help for first home buyers.
Affordability continues to plague millennials, Gen X and Ys. So, the government is extending its First Home Loan Deposit Scheme to allow another 10,000 first timers to get around the need to save a deposit totalling 20 percent of the purchase price (or take out lenders mortgage insurance). Announced in last night’s Federal Budget, 10,000 additional first home buyers will be able to buy with as little as a five percent deposit. I can help your clients access this scheme and buy into the Australian dream.

Collect cash for hiring young. 
For your small business owner clients, make sure they’re aware of the new edition to the JobKeeper, JobSeeker family, introducing JobMaker! The government will pay a $200 “hiring credit” to a business for each week they employ someone on JobSeeker aged between 16 and 29. If they’re slightly older, up to 35 years, the credit is halved. These credits will be paid for 12 months. The rules? The young staff members need to work an average of 20 hours a week, and have been a recipient of one of three key government payments over the previous 3 months.

Full tax deductions for assets.
Your business owner clients will be also delighted to hear that they will be able to deduct the full cost of capital assets purchased from today onwards… as long as the asset is first used by 30 June 2022. On top of that, small and medium businesses will also be able to apply “full expensing” to second-hand assets. This is intended to encourage businesses to bring forward investment by boosting cash flow. It’s certainly an incentive to bring forward future purchases to this financial year. 

Personal tax cuts brought forward.
The government was intending to make changes to the tax thresholds in a few years, in 2022. But they’ve brought those changes forward to now, and some 11 million Australians are set to benefit. This financial year, your low and middle income earning clients will see, on average, $2,745 back in their pockets at tax time. Dual-income couples will be $5,490 better off compared to previous years. The biggest beneficiaries are workers on $120,000, as $30,000 more of their income will avoid the 37c threshold. A dual income, no kids (DINK) household on $240,000 will be nearly $5000 better off.

Sick of consolidating super funds? 
How many of your clients have multiple super funds? The old superfund game is done. From now on, when your clients change jobs, their existing super fund will follow them. No longer do they automatically end up with a new super fund under a new employer. There are currently 6 million additional funds in Australia, and your clients and mine are footing the bill for unnecessary fees on those additional funds. These fees cost Australians more than our gas and electricity bills combined. This is a little but crucial win for our clients in last night’s budget.

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