The 2020-21 Federal Budget is a road to recovery paved with cash.
Key initiatives include:
The Budget also contains two additional Economic Support payments to pensioners and other eligible recipients to drive money back into the economy.
By comparison to many, Australia has managed the COVID-19 pandemic well, but good management isn’t enough to protect us from the $213.7 billion deficit in 2020-21. The Government has taken to heart the old adage, “You have to spend money to make money” to trade our way out of a black hole.
Some of the measures are aimed at addressing the harsh lessons COVID-19 has taught us and seek to centralise production back in Australia to ensure our industries can be self-reliant.
Outside of the big ticket tax measures, what is striking about this Budget is the sheer volume of initiatives it funds - too many to itemise
in this update. Many of the initiatives aim to improve how Government interacts with the community and business in particular. This funding
is focussed on streamlining interaction and compliance with Government requirements and investing in the IT infrastructure required to
digitise the compliance process.
The final comments in the Treasurer’s Budget speech paint a cautionary tale. The focus right now is on the path to growth and stabilising debt in an effort to boost consumer and business confidence. However, once “recovery has taken hold and the unemployment rate is on a clear path back to pre-crisis levels” of below 6%, the second phase will kick in - the deliberate shift from providing temporary and targeted support to stabilising debt.
If you can’t work because you or someone in your household is impacted by COVID-19, support is available. There are three types of payments accessible to individuals who have lost work because of the pandemic.
UPDATED 6 Sept 2021: The Small Business COVID-19 Hardship Fund program offers grants of $20,000 to eligible small and medium businesses, including employing and non-employing businesses. This program will allow more businesses who have previously not received support, to receive financial relief now.
Whilst retention payments are very common in the building and construction industry we continually see them being incorrectly accounted for, or not accounted for, and therefore often overlooked, resulting in advance payment of taxes and/or lost income.
We are heading into a period of opening up the economy after COVID, with the need to repair the budget, an election looming by May 2022, the threat of inflation and a withdrawal of central bank stimulus.
While commercial property is a little more difficult to understand than residential, it offers several significant advantages for investors.