Superannuation Budget Updates – Changes from 1 July 2021

A few changes to the superannuation world that applies from 1 July 2021 onwards, including contribution cap changes, information for employers, individuals aged 60 or over, and changes to work tests.

Superannuation Guarantee Contributions

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Fringe Benefits Tax – what you need to know

Fringe Benefit Tax (FBT) is a tax paid by employers who provide certain benefits to employees and their associates. The main type of benefits provided are entertainment (including meals and tickets to events) and providing an employee the use of a car for private use. 

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Jobkeeper 2.0 – new eligibility and new rates

On 15 September 2020, the Treasury has released the Amendment Rules in relation to the Jobkeeper extension (Jobkeeper 2.0) that was legislated on 16 September 2020. The new extension rules will apply from 28 September 2020 onwards to 28 March 2021 and it will affect all Jobkeeper participants, including employees and business participants. 

In short: 

  • Businesses need to reassess their eligibility criteria from 28 September 2020 onwards in order to continue to qualify for Jobkeeper, and again on 4 January 2021. 
  • Payment rate will be reduced for both employees and business participants, and be split into tiers, depending on the number of hours worked 
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JobKeeper 2.0 – what’s next?

The second tranche of the JobKeeper scheme changes the eligibility test for employers and the method and amount paid to employees.

Eligibility

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Another year has gone by … FBT Year Ends on 31 March – what you need to do

The 2020 FBT year ends on 31 March 2020. (Really?) Yes, that date is not an error as the Fringe benefits tax (FBT) year runs from April to March (unlike the Australian tax year which runs from July to June). It can be confusing at times.

What is FBT?

FBT is the short for Fringe Benefits Tax. It is a tax imposed on employers who provide certain fringe benefits they provide to their employees, including their employees’ family and associates.

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