Australia: Decrease in income tax for all taxpayers

    Jan 27, 2021 @ 02:55 PM / by Jeremy Piccoli

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    Low and middle income tax offset retained

    The Australia budget was postponed to October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Retroactive to July 1, 2020, the income tax schedule was favorably adjusted, the low income tax offset increased, and the low and middle income tax offset (set to expire) was retained. The net effect is a decrease in income tax for all taxpayers.

    Australia took multiple measures in response to COVID-19, including:

    • Temporarily reduced minimum drawdown rates for superannuation.

    • Temporary early release of superannuation, up to $10,000 of 2019-2020 superannuation, and $10,000 in 2020-2021.

    • $750 tax-exempt payments to social security, veteran, and other income support recipients and concession card holders. The first round was sent in March and the second round was sent in July.

    • A simplified method for claiming deductions for working from home, effective March 1 – December 31, 2020.

    • The JobKeeper scheme was extended through March 28, 2021.


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    Jeremy Piccoli

    Written by Jeremy Piccoli

    Jeremy joined AIRINC in the fall of 2012 and is responsible for managing AIRINC’s International Tax Guide and tax calculator products, as well as consulting with clients. Prior to joining AIRINC, Jeremy spent more than 6 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ International Assignment Services practices in Hartford and Boston, providing tax compliance and consulting services to multinational companies and their expatriate population. He received his B.S. with a concentration in Accounting and a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Connecticut. Jeremy is an Enrolled Agent, a federally licensed tax practitioner who specializes in taxation.