Stimulus Packages Explained.

23rd Mar 2020

Cash Flow Relief for Business who employ staff.

The Government is providing up to $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not-for-profits (including charities) that employ people, with a minimum payment of $20,000. These payments will help businesses’ and not-for-profits’ cash flow so they can keep operating, pay their rent, electricity and other bills and retain staff.

For more information call skybridge financial Advisor ph 1300 678 764 or go to https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

Supporting Business who are investing. Increasing the instant Asset Write Off to $150,000

The Government is increasing the instant asset write-off (IAWO) threshold from $30,000 to $150,000 and expanding access to include all businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million (up from $50 million) until 30 June 2020. In 2017-18 there were more than 360,000 businesses that benefited from the current IAWO, claiming deductions to the value of over $4 billion.

The higher IAWO threshold provides cash flow benefits for businesses that will be able to immediately deduct purchases of eligible assets each costing less than $150,000. The threshold applies on a per asset basis, so eligible businesses can immediately write-off multiple assets. The IAWO is due to revert to $1,000 for small businesses (turnover less than $10 million) from 1 July 2020.

For more information call a Skybridge Financial Advisor ph 1300 678 764 or go to https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

The Government is supporting small business to retain their apprentices and trainees. Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer that employs that apprentice. Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter).

Support will also be provided to the National Apprentice Employment Network, the peak national body representing Group Training Organisations, to co-ordinate the re-employment of displaced apprentices and trainees throughout their network of host employers across Australia. This measure will support up to 70,000 small businesses, employing around 117,000 apprentices.

For more information call a Skybridge Financial Advisor ph 1300 678 764 or go to https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses

Sole trader support

The government will establish a new $550 fortnightly coronavirus supplement payment.

Permanent employees who are stood down or lose their employment; sole traders; the self-employed; casual workers; and contract workers will be able to access the new coronavirus supplement under expanded access to the Jobseeker Payment, formerly known as Newstart.

The supplement will also be paid to both existing and new recipients of the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance jobseeker, Parenting Payment, Farm Household Allowance and Special Benefit.

The payments, set to commence for 27 April, are expected to cost the budget $14.1 billion.

For more information go to https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

Temporary Early Release of Superannuation

While superannuation helps people save for retirement, the Government recognises that for those significantly financially affected by the Coronavirus, accessing some of their superannuation today may outweigh the benefits of maintaining those savings until retirement. Eligible individuals will be able to apply online through myGov to access up to $10,000 of their superannuation before 1 July 2020. They will also be able to access up to a further $10,000 from 1 July 2020 for approximately three months (exact timing will depend on the passage of the relevant legislation).

For more information call a Skybridge Financial Advisor ph 1300 678 764 we are here to help you or go to https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

Payments to Support Households

These payments will provide assistance to lower income Australians, including pensioners, other social security and veteran income support recipients and eligible concession card holders.

The Government is providing two separate $750 payments to social security, veteran and other income support recipients and eligible concession card holders. Around half of those that benefit are pensioners. These payments will support households to manage the economic impact of the Coronavirus.

  • The first payment (announced on 12 March 2020) will be available to people who are eligible payment recipients and concession card holders at any time from 12 March 2020 to 13 April 2020 inclusive.
  • The second payment will be available to people who are eligible payment recipients and concession card holders on 10 July 2020.

 A person can be eligible to receive both a first and second support payment. However, they can only receive one $750 payment in each round of payments, even if they qualify in each round of the payments in multiple ways.

 The payment will be exempt from taxation and will not count as income for the purposes of Social Security, Farm Household Allowance and Veteran payments.

For more information go to https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/households

NSW waives payroll tax

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has now committed $450 million to waive the payroll tax for businesses with payrolls of up to $10 million for three months ending 30 June 2020.

Further, the NSW government will bring forward the raising of the payroll tax threshold to $1 million from 1 July 2020, up from $900,000 and one year earlier than planned.

For more information call a Skybridge Financial Advisor ph 1300 678 764 we are here to help you or go to https://www.revenue.nsw.gov.au/taxes-duties-levies-royalties/payroll-tax