Budget 2020-21: Road to Recovery?

The 2020-21 Federal Budget is a road to recovery paved with cash.

Key initiatives include:
• Personal income tax cuts from 1 July 2020
• A $4 billion ‘JobMaker’ Hiring Credit to encourage businesses to take on additional employees aged 16 to 35 years old
• $110 billion in infrastructure investment over 10 years
• Immediate deductions for business investment in capital assets
• Changes to how companies can manage losses
• Access to generous tax concessions for a wider range of businesses

The Latest Changes to JobKeeper 2.0 from 28 September 2020

The updated rules and explanatory statement clarify a number of common issues that have been raised by accountants since the JobKeeper extension was announced, including:

Carrying on an entity from 1 March 2020
Eligibility for December if failed previous decline in turnover test periods
Applying the two tier payment rates
The power of the Tax Commissioner
GST reporting method
Current GST turnover
Jobkeeper payment rates – alternative tests for the 80 hour requirement
Employees not tied to hours worked
Wage condition extended to 31 October 2020

Forecasting during a pandemic

Now, more than ever, business operators should have a plan in place to manage during uncertain times. Even if your business is not directly impacted, it’s likely your customers, your supply chain, and your workforce will be to some extent.

So, how do you plan for uncertainty when every assumption is subject to change?