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Stage 3 Tax Cuts: Everything You Need To Know

As the calendar turns towards the new year, a significant financial transformation is on the

horizon – the Stage 3 tax cuts are set to come into effect.

These changes, part of the government's ongoing efforts to modernize the tax system, have

generated quite a buzz. If you're wondering what these cuts entail and how they might

impact your financial landscape, you're in the right place.

In this article, we'll break down everything you need to know about the impending Stage 3

tax cuts.

The Basics: What Are Stage 3 Tax Cuts?

The Stage 3 tax cuts have been in the works since their announcement in 2018 and 2019.

These cuts are designed to adjust tax bracket thresholds and rates, effectively altering how

much tax you pay based on your income.

The goal? To streamline the system and address the issue of bracket creep, where inflation

gradually pushes taxpayers into higher tax brackets, potentially increasing their tax burden

over time.

When Will They Take Effect?

The eagerly awaited Stage 3 tax cuts are scheduled to take effect next year. Starting from

July 1, 2024 these changes will reshape how Australians are taxed. It's essential to mark this

date on your calendar as it could impact your financial planning and decisions.

What Will Change? A Breakdown of Key Adjustments

Under the Stage 3 tax cuts, several notable adjustments will come into play:

  • The threshold for the highest tax bracket will rise from $180,000 to $200,000.

  • The current tax bracket from $120,001 to $180,000 will be eliminated.

  • Income ranging from $45,001 to $200,000 will be taxed at a rate of 30%.

Impact on Different Income Groups: Who Benefits?

The effects of these tax cuts will vary depending on your income bracket:

  • High-Income Earners: Individuals earning in the higher income bracket will see changes in their tax rates. The increase in the threshold for the highest tax bracket means that those falling between $180,001 and $200,000 will experience a drop in their tax rate from 45% to 30%.

  • Medium-Income Earners: Those earning within the range of $45,001 to $200,000 will benefit from a reduced tax rate of 30%, compared to the previous rate of 32.5%.

  • Lower Income Earners: If your earnings are below $45,000, the impact of the tax cuts might be limited. Tax rates and brackets for this group remain relatively unchanged, with earnings up to $18,200 continuing to be tax-free.

Have any questions about how these changes will impact you or how you can prepare with financial planning get in touch with our team of accountants.

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