2017-18 Federal Budget: Personal Taxes and Medicare

Personal taxes

The option of claiming a standard tax deduction for work expenses has long been talked about, in the hope of simplifying personal tax returns. It was speculated to be delivered in this year’s Federal Budget, however was not to be.

The 2017-18 Budget also contained no changes to the personal income tax rates and thresholds. This means that the Temporary Budget Repair Levy (2% on incomes over $180,000) will still expire at the end of the 2016-17 financial year.

The rates (including the 2% temporary budget repair levy but excluding the Medicare levy) are:

 

Taxable income $ 2016-17

Tax payable $

2017-18

Tax payable $

0 – 18,200

 

Nil

 

Nil
18,201 – 37,000

 

Nil + 19% of excess over 18,200 Nil + 19% of excess over 18,200
37,001 – 87,000

 

3,572 + 32.5% of excess over 37,000 3,572 + 32.5% of excess over 37,000
87,001 – 180,000

 

19,822 + 37% of excess over 87,000 19,822 + 37% of excess over 87,000
180,001+

 

54,232 + 47% of excess over $180,000 54,232 + 45% of excess over $180,000

Medicare levy increase

The Medicare levy will be increased from 2% to 2.5% from 1 July 2019. The government says this is to ensure the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is fully funded, and to fund a new Medicare Guarantee Fund.

Low-income earners will remain exempt from paying the Medicare levy.

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