Federal Budget 2019-20: How businesses are affected

Running a business is no easy gig, so it’s not surprising that many Australian business owners are extremely hopeful this year’s Federal Budget will help to relieve some of their financial pressure.

And the good news is, it has.

The 2019-20 Federal Budget focused on one key area to provide relief for Australian business owners – asset write-off.

Asset write-off for small and medium businesses

Small business owners with an aggregated annual turnover of less than $10 million will gain a further 12 month extension (until 30 June 2020) to claim an instant asset write off for eligible assets purchased. They will also receive an increase in the write off up to $30,000 (increased from the current level of $20,000) from 3 April 2019.

In addition, this measure will be extended to medium sized businesses with aggregated annual turnover of $10 million or more but less than $50 million.

Reduced tax liability resulting from the tax deduction, means Australian business owners will have more cash flow to potentially sustain and/or expand their businesses.

Hold fire!

It is always important to remember that at this point, the Budget measures are only statements of proposed changes, and are not yet law. 

With an election expected to occur in May 2019, it is still uncertain whether these proposals will become law.

Seek professional advice

Until these changes become law, you may want to consider seeking professional advice to understand how the implications of these changes may impact your business.

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