Client Alert!May 2015 - Scotts Chartered Accountants

Client Alert! May 2015
So with the marginal tax rate for companies being reduced to
28.5%, and the maximum individual marginal tax rate staying at
49% there may be some tax saving opportunities open to you.
Give us a call TODAY to discuss how these changes may impact
Increased Benefits for Entity Re-structure
The government has proposed streamlining the business
registration process and announced that business establishment
costs will be able to be claimed immediately from 1 July 2016. In
addition, small businesses with a turnover of less than
$2,000,000 will be able to claim Capital Gains Tax rollover relief
to change the legal structure their business operates from.
Last week we heard the Treasurer Joe Hockey
deliver his second Federal budget, with some key
surprises in it, especially for small business.
Below is a summary of the key features and how they could
affect you!
We at Scotts are here to make you smart financial decisions
NOW so that you can have a beautiful financial future. One way
we do that is through tax planning! If you haven’t met with us
yet, NOW is the time to do so and find out how the following
key features of the Budget can benefit you personally.
So what are the key features…
Immediate Deduction for Assets under $20,000
Businesses with a turnover of less than $2,000,000 are able to
claim an immediate deduction for most assets costing less than
$20,000 from 12 May 2015. This means that capital expenditure
made before the end of the financial year will be eligible for this
upfront deduction should it fall into the specified criteria.
What a great opportunity for those who are thinking about
capital expenditure as part of their growth plans!
Not only will you receive the immediate tax deduction for
expenditure this financial year, the new tax break lasts until 30
June 2017. Call us to TODAY set a growth plan for your business
and get the most out this new initiative.
What a great incentive for businesses looking to take advantage
of the new reduced company tax rate or change their structure
for asset protection. Call us to take advantage of this.
Simplification of Motor Vehicle Claims
The Government has decided to remove the 12% of original value
and 1/3 actual expense methods to calculate motor vehicle
claims, and have standardised cents per km claims by making it
66c per km regardless of engine capacity. The log book method
though remains untouched.
These changes may have an impact on the way you claim your
Motor Vehicles Expenses. If you would like more information on
how you can maximise your deductions under the new rules, get
in touch with us TODAY.
Changes to Age Pension Eligibility
This year’s budget outlined changes to the aged pension
eligibility tests. From 1 January 2017 the Government will
increase the assets test limit to qualify for a full pension from
$286,500 to $375,000 for couples, and from $202,000 to
$250,000 for singles.
The rate the age pension decreases has also been increased
from $1.50 to $3.00 for every $1,000 you are over the threshold,
which has reduced the maximum limit to receive a pension to
$823,000 for couples and $547,000 for singles. To make sure
you are receiving the maximum pension that you are eligible
for, call us TODAY to discuss.
Tax Savings for Small Businesses
The budget delivered some more good news for small
businesses with the company tax rate being reduced by 1.5%
bringing it down to 28.5% for businesses that turnover less than
And for those of you who do not operate through a company
the government will introduce a 5% discount on tax payable on
business profits to a maximum of $1,000 per individual.
Scotts are here to help you make better financial
decisions now for a beautiful financial future.
Talk to us to find out how we can help you make
the best of this year’s federal budget.
Scotts Chartered Accountants
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Email: [email protected]
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