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Decoding the Stage 3 Tax Cuts

As 2024 unfolds, Australians await the anticipated implementation of the Stage 3 tax cuts, slated to commence from 1 July 2024. The revised version of the tax cuts will bring some relief for low and middle-income earners by lowering the tax withheld from their take home pay.

What will change under the Stage 3 Tax Cuts?

The Labour Government adjustments to the Stage 3 tax cuts aims to alleviate financial burdens and inject more money into the household budget. Here's a breakdown of the key changes:

  1. Revised Income Thresholds and Tax Rates: The income thresholds and tax rates within the marginal tax brackets have undergone notable revisions. Individuals earning between $18,201 and $45,000 annually will witness a reduction in their marginal tax rate from 19% to 16%. Moreover, the threshold for the 32.5% tax bracket will increase from $120,000 to $135,000, with the tax rate dropping to 30%.

  2. Retention of the 37% Tax Bracket: Unlike the original plan, which proposed the elimination of the 37% tax bracket, the Government has opted to retain it. However, the threshold for this bracket has been adjusted to include earners within the $135,001 to $190,000 range.

  3. Impact on High-Income Earners: Individuals earning over $190,001 will continue to fall into the 45% tax bracket. Nevertheless, they stand to benefit from the reduced tax rates in lower brackets, resulting in lower overall tax payments on certain portions of their income.

How Will These Changes Impact You?

  • Annual Salary: $65,000: Extra $25.07 per week - $1,304 annually

  • Annual Salary: $95,000: Extra $39.50 per week - $2,054 annually

  • Annual Salary: $156,000: Extra $71.71 per week - $3,729 annually

Preparing for the Changes:

Stay Informed: Keep updated on developments related to the tax cuts to understand their impact on your finances.

Review Your Financial Strategy: Reassess your financial plan to optimise savings, investments, business tax planning and retirement plans in light of the revised tax landscape.

Utilise Resources: Leverage tools like the Treasury's Tax Cuts Calculator by clicking here to estimate your tax liability post 1 July 2024.

The Stage 3 tax cuts offer relief and financial flexibility for Australian taxpayers. By understanding these changes and adapting your financial strategy accordingly, you can navigate the transition effectively and pave the way for a brighter financial future.


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