The 2021-22 Federal Budget has been handed down by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

5 eca Budget update covers some of critical issues that could impact you and your family.

  • Low and middle income tax offset extended

As widely predicted, the Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LMITO) will be extended for another year. The LMITO provides a reduction in tax of up to $1,080 for individuals with a taxable income of up to $126,000 and will be retained for the 2021-22 year.  (Date of effect From 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022)

Taxable incomeOffset
$37,000 or less$255
Between $37,001 & $48,000$255 plus 7.5 cents for every dollar above $37,000,

up to a maximum of $1,080

Between $48,001 & $90,000$1,080$1,080
Between $90,001 & $126,000$1,080 minus 3 cents for every dollar of the amount above $90,000

The tax offset is triggered when a taxpayer lodges their tax return.

  • Medicare levy low income threshold

The Government will increase the Medicare levy low-income thresholds for singles, families, and seniors and pensioners from 1 July 2020 to take account of recent movements in the CPI so that low-income taxpayers generally continue to be exempt from paying the Medicare levy. (Date of effect: 1 July 2020)

2019-202020-21
Singles$22,801$23,226
Family threshold$38,474$39,167
Single seniors and pensioners$36,056$36,705
Family threshold for seniors and pensioners$50,191$51,094

For each dependent child or student, the family income thresholds increase by a further $3,597 instead of the previous amount of $3,533.

  • $250 self-education expense reduction removed

Currently, individuals claiming a deduction for self-education expenses sometimes need to reduce the deductible amount by up to $250. The rules in this area are complex as they only apply to self-education expenses that fall within a specific category and certain non-deductible expenses can be offset against the $250 reduction. This reduction will be removed, which should make it easier for individuals to calculate their self-education deductions. (Date of effect: First income year after the date of Royal Assent of the enabling legislation)

We’ll keep you up to date as the detail of these measures comes to hand.

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