Australia’s big three financial services firms are the biggest beneficiaries of the Government’s recent $100 billion package of public-private funding, which has come as the Australian Bureau of Statistics released new numbers on business-related spending in Australia.
As of May 31, the Government announced a $20 billion stimulus package for the economy, with a $1 billion boost to the National Broadband Network.
The Federal Government is committed to reducing the burden of business-distribution taxes on business owners, and it has proposed an $8 billion package to help the financial services industry offset the impact of these taxes on their bottom lines.
But it has not provided clear information about what specific tax breaks will be available for these groups, or what impact they will have on business growth and jobs.
The Government is proposing a series of measures to help small business and individuals, and some of the measures are intended to be used in conjunction with the $100-billion package, which is designed to help stimulate growth and job creation.
The measures include a new business tax credit of up to $5,000 per person, which will be indexed to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and the first time an individual business can claim the tax credit, which would start in January 2018.
But the measures will not affect the large-scale companies that are heavily dependent on the Australian dollar and have benefited from the Government giving them tax concessions that benefit their bottom line.
While it is not clear how these businesses will be affected, some analysts have warned that it will likely lead to a significant rise in tax compliance costs for some small businesses, particularly those that rely on foreign markets for income.
Some small business groups have expressed concern about the lack of information about the measures, given the complex nature of the tax reform package.
The Business Council of Australia has been working with the Government on these matters, but it has yet to receive a response from the Prime Minister’s office.
Businesses will also be given the opportunity to request information about their tax and regulatory obligations, but there are no specific exemptions that could be granted for small businesses.
As well as the tax concessions, there are also new measures to support small businesses and individuals.
The National Broadbridge Network is being developed under the new Strategic Business Development Strategy, which aims to support innovation, boost productivity and create new jobs.
One of the new features of the Broadbridge network is a new ‘tax holiday’ to encourage investment in new infrastructure projects that benefit small businesses across the country.
The Broadbridge scheme will be in place for two years and will see the Government grant tax breaks to eligible small businesses for the period between April 1 and April 30.
This is intended to encourage them to invest in new and innovative infrastructure projects, and to help reduce their tax bill.
A total of $2 billion will also go towards a ‘special dividend tax credit’ to assist businesses with investment in infrastructure and other projects, which can generate significant additional revenue for small business over the medium term.
There is also a $2.5 billion package for small and medium enterprises, which includes a $5 million credit for small entrepreneurs and up to one year of assistance for small firms to offset their corporate tax burden.
Business owners will also have the opportunity of applying for the ‘business tax credit for new businesses’ through the Federal Government’s Business and Innovation Tax Credit Scheme.
There will be a $500,000 credit to small businesses that are not eligible for the GST/HST, as well as a $200,000 payment to small entrepreneurs who can show that they have increased investment in the last 12 months, and have created or are seeking to create jobs.
As the government has not released specific information about how the measures would be applied to small business, it is impossible to estimate the impact these measures will have.
However, the fact that the Government is allowing for some exemptions and providing exemptions for businesses with existing arrangements will not be able to help these businesses compete in the world’s fastest growing sector.
The Prime Minister has said that the changes will be rolled out over two years, but given the complexity of the reforms, the timeframe is unclear.
In the meantime, the measures should give small businesses a leg-up in the Australian market.
It is also important to note that there are several measures that have already been proposed that will help small businesses by giving them a tax break on investments in new equipment and technology, or by providing a small business tax deduction.
These measures are not likely to be included in the proposed tax package, but will be added as a ‘pre-condition’ to the package to allow businesses to take advantage of them.
While the Government may be looking for ways to help medium and small businesses get ahead, it will be important for the Government to continue to monitor the changes as they are rolled out.
While these measures are good in their own right, they will not have the long-term impact that small businesses have sought, especially when compared to large businesses.
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