The Treasury Laws Amendment (Lower Taxes for Small and Medium Businesses) Bill 2018 received assent on 25 October 2018 as Act 134 of 2018 and has become law.
This implements the Government’s proposal to accelerate the reduction of the corporate tax rate for corporate tax entities that are base rate entities (ie corporate tax entities that derive no more than 80% of their income in passive forms and have an aggregated turnover of less than $50 million). The corporate tax rate for base rate entities will now reduce from 27.5% to 26% in 2020–2021, before being cut to 25% for 2021–2022 and later income years. This means eligible corporate taxpayers will have a tax rate of 25% in 2021–2022, rather than from 2026–2027 as under the previous law.
The new law also increases the small business income tax offset rate to 13% of an eligible individual’s (ie unincorporated business’s) basic income tax liability that relates to their total net small business income for 2020–2021. This offset rate will then increase to 16% for 2021–2022 and later income years.