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Tax rates 2014

The 2014 financial year starts on 1 July 2013 and ends on 30 June 2014. The tax free thresholds and brackets for 2013-14 are unchanged from the previous tax year.

Personal Tax Rates 2013-14

Taxable income Tax on this income*
0 – $18,200 Nil
$18,201 – $37,000 19c for each $1 over $18,200
$37,001 – $80,000 $3,572 plus 32.5c for each $1 over $37,000
$80,001 – $180,000 $17,547 plus 37c for each $1 over $80,000
$180,001 and over $54,547 plus 45c for each $1 over $180,000

 

* The above table does not include Medicare Levy or the effect of any Low Income Tax Offset (“LITO”).

Medicare LevyLow Income Tax Offset ('LITO')What's New in 2013-14?
In 2013-14 the Medicare Levy is applied on a progressive basis at the additional rate of 1.5%.

If eligible private health insurance cover is not maintained the Medicare Levy Surcharge adds a further levy of up to 1.5% depending on income.

There are low income and other full or partial medicare exemptions available. For more information and calculation details, see Medicare Levy and Medicare Levy Surcharge

The Low Income Tax Offset full amount in 2013-14 is $445 reducing by 1.5 cents in the dollar for every dollar of income over $37,000, such that it cuts out at income of $66,667.

The effect is that no tax is payable up to an income of $20,542.

For more information and the calculation table see Low Income Tax Offset.

What’s New in 2013-14?

(significant measures – not exhaustive)

The basic tax scale is the same as the previous year, as is the Low Income Tax Offset. Likewise the medicare levy, and medicare levy surcharge rates are unchanged, however the various income tests are inflation-adjusted each financial year.

  • Lodge simple tax returns online - from 1 July 2014, in addition to its free e-tax software, the ATO has enabled “myTax” – which is an online and substantially pre-filled tax return lodgement solution for people with simple tax returns. Registration at “myGov” is required to be able to use these services. For more information and links see e-tax and myTax.
  • Super guarantee – Occupational superannuation guarantee contributions percentage increased to 9.25% with effect from 1 July 2013 – see Superannuation Guarantee
  • Low Income Super – Low Income Superannuation Contribution (“LISC”) is proposed to be abolished from 1 July 2013 as part of the Mining Tax repeal package of measures. It’s not law yet (at the time of writing) – for more info and progress of the bills – see LISC
  • Super guarantee for older employees – removal of the upper age limit (employees aged 70 and over) on employer superannuation guarantee contributions from 1 July 2013 – see Super Guarantee age limits
  • Superannuation Contributions Cap is $35,000 for older Australians
    • $35,000 unindexed for people aged 59 or more on 30 June 2013 (up from $25,000) with effect from 1 July 2013, and
    • $35,000 unindexed for those aged 49 or more on 30 June 2014 from 1 July 2014
    • To take advantage, make sure the super fund receives the money before 30 June 2014. For more on this and the caps generally see Contributions Caps
  • The superannuation excess contributions rules are softened with effect from 1 July 2013 by allowing excess concessional contributions to be withdrawn and taxed at the individual’s marginal tax rate plus interest. A similar proposal for the treatment of excess non-concessional contributions has been proposed in the May 2014 Budget, but as yet has not been enacted. There’s more information here.
  • Private Health Insurance Rebate – with effect from 1 April 2014 and annually thereafter the private health insurance rebate percentage will adjusted by an inflation factor based on the health insurance policy premium amount. This greatly complicates the rebate calculation for 2013-14, and the Tax Office recommends that you wait for your health fund annual statement before making out a claim. There’s more information about this here.
  • Medical expenses rebate – the wind-down of medical expense claims commences from 1 July 2013, and claim thresholds for 2013-14 are indexed – see Net Medical Expenses Offset.
  • Cents per km car expense claim rates have been adjusted for 2013-14 – see Cents per km.
  • Reasonable travel and overtime meal allowances – expense amounts for 2013-14 have been updated in the Commissioner’s determination TD 2013/16 – see Reasonable travel allowances.
  • Depreciation – Commissioner’s Effective Life – depreciation schedules applicable to the 2013-14 year are linked here and the Guide To Depreciating Assets has been updated for 2013-14.
  • Depreciation – proposed removal of accelerated deductions – during the 2013-14 year the mining tax repeal bill was introduced to parliament which (amongst other measures) removes the accelerated ($6,500) small business depreciation concessions with effect from 1 January 2014. It’s not law yet (at the time of writing) – for more info and progress of the bill through parliament see ATO depreciation rates.
  • For Tax Agents - New Lodgment Program Framework commences with effect from 1 July 2013.
  • See also – Federal Budget 2013-14 (from the outgoing Labor Government)
  • See also – Mid Year Economic & Fiscal Outlook 2013-14 (from the new Coalition Government elected September 2013)

2014 Tax Time videos from the Tax Office

VIDEO ONE – Tax Time 2014 part one transcript pdf-doc

  • private health insurance rebate changes
  • net medical expense tax offset phase-out
  • new tax receipt
  • new capital gains tax (CGT) discount calculator

VIDEO TWO – Tax Time 2014 part two transcript pdf-doc

  • work-related expenses
  • pre-filling
  • taxable payments reporting
  • the Lodgment program 2014–15
  • electronic client declarations

Super Contributions Limits for 2013-14
Excess Super Contributions - Softer Treatment From 1 July 2013
Tax Free Income
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Tax instalments: For the ATO’s PAYG withholding tax tables go here: Tax Tables

 

This page was last modified on 28 June 2014