Federal Budget 2019: Tax (individuals)
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Federal Budget 2019 Initiatives: Tax (individuals)
- Immediate tax relief for low-to-middle income earners
- Reduction of key marginal tax rates
Immediate tax cuts for low-to-middle income earners
Effective 1 July 2019
The Low and Middle Income Tax Offset (LMITO) was introduced in last year’s Budget as an addition to the the Low Income Tax Offset (LITO). The LMITO will increase for individuals and families, starting from the current financial year, with eligible low-to-middle income earners receiving a payment after submitting their tax return.
The base rate for the LMITO will increase from $200 to $255 and the maximum payment will increase from $530 to $1,080.
From 1 July 2022, both offsets will be replaced by a single low-income tax offset.
Extension to personal income tax cuts
Over the next five years, many Australians will receive a decrease to their income tax rate in one of three ways:
- The upper threshold for the 19% marginal tax rate will increase from $37,000 to $45,000.
- The 32.5% marginal tax rate will reduce to 30%.
- The 37% marginal tax rate will be abolished (this change has already been legislated).
These changes will be progressively rolled out between now and 1 July 2024, as shown in the table below:
Increasing the Medicare Levy low-income threshold
The Government will increase the Medicare Levy low-income threshold for singles, families, and seniors and pensioners from the 2018-19 income year.
You won’t be charged the Medicare Levy if your taxable income is below the following thresholds:
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