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Federal Budget – “Back in the Black”

3 April 2019 By GO Markets


Federal Budget – “Back in the Black”

“Returning the budget to surplus, delivering more jobs, providing lower taxes, guaranteeing essential services.”

Australian federal budget

We are in the election year, and the government needed a budget that will please voters. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered his first federal budget and conveyed his plans for a stronger economy. The two dominant headlines surrounding the budget are:

“Budget in Black, Australia back on track”


 “A Tax System that rewards effort and underpins a strong economy”

Returning the Budget to Surplus

Despite downgrades to domestic economic forecasts and heightened global growth concerns, the Treasurer announced the first budget surplus of $7.1 billion in 2019-20 in over a decade. However, the budget surplus does not come without a catch. It is conditional upon the Coalition winning the election.

The Budget Surplus is also based on optimistic economic forecasts, and if the rosy predictions are softer than expected, the actual revenue flows will be undermined and the surplus will not materialise.

It should be highlighted that the outcome of the 2019-2020 budget will not be known until September 2020, and Australia is facing a softening economy which can make “Budget in Black, Australia back on track” challenging to achieve:

  • The housing sector remains a concern
  • Weak Wage growth persists
  • Retail Sales is sluggish
  • Global Growth is slowing

Tax Cuts

The Australian Government is keen to build a simpler and more competitive tax system for the hard-working taxpayers and small businesses. There are three main themes to consider in the Government’s plans to build a better tax system:

Lower taxes for hard-working Australians 

  • Immediate tax relief of up to $1,080 for singles or up to $2,160 for dual income families of low-and-middle-income earners to ease the cost of living.
  • Lowering the 32.5 per cent rate to 30 per cent in 2024-25

taxable income offset


From 2018-19, the Government will provide immediate tax relief for the low- and middle-income earners and larger tax benefits will be mapped out over the next couple of years through the Government’s enhanced plan should the Coalition party win the election.

Australian tax cuts


As from 2024-25, the Government will adopt further structural changes to the tax system and improve incentives for working Australians to rewards efforts.

australian government tax thresholds


Backing small business

The Government will be lowering the small business tax rate and will also increase and expand access to the instant asset write-off:

Increasing the instant asset write-off threshold to $30,000 and expanding access to mediumsized businesses with an annual turnover of less than $50 million to help them reinvest in their business, employ more workers and grow. Around 3.4 million businesses will be eligible to benefit.

Fast-tracking the company tax rate cut to 25 per cent for small and mediumsized companies with an annual turnover of less than $50 million and increases to the unincorporated small business tax discount rate.

Making Multinationals and big business pay their fair share

The Government also want to make multinationals and big business pay their fair share.

“$12.9 billion in tax liabilities raised from tax compliance activities since July 2016.

New funding for the ATO to target tax avoidance by multinationals, big business and high‑wealth individuals.”

The reaction following the release of the budget in the financial markets was subdued.  The Reserve Bank of Australia was the main event that moved the AUD pairs yesterday. Trade balance, and Retal Sales figures came in better than expected this morning and helped the Australian dollar to pare the losses made yesterday after Governor Lowe’s Rate Statement.

AUDUSD (Hourly Chart)

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Source: GO MT4

This article is written by a GO Markets Analyst and is based on their independent analysis. They remain fully responsible for the views expressed as well as any remaining error or omissions. Trading Forex and Derivatives carries a high level of risk.

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