How does the budget affect tax and superannuation systems?

The Budget this year was reasonably light on new tax announcements for large business, according to Alia Lum, KPMG Tax Policy Partner.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as there are still a number of tax announcements from previous budgets, that are yet to be consulted on or legislated – so Treasury could probably do with some breathing room to catch up on the backlog of announced but unenacted measures.

There was the extension of the instant asset write-offs for small businesses but not much for mid-tier companies. There was also very little in terms of tax reform. Even though there was no expectation of large-scale tax reform in this year’s budget – it would have been good to see some modest tax reforms, such as settings to encourage foreign investment – something Australia needs as a medium-sized capital-importing country.