The previously legislated tax cuts for small business included a reduction to eligible entity’s rate to 27.5% and a progressive ramp up of the Turnover threshold, peaking in the current FY19 year at $50 million. After a stabilising period, the rate was then legislated to fall from 27.5% to 25% during the FY25 through FY27 years.

Following the government’s failure to legislate a further increase in the Turnover threshold (previously announced to extend to all companies), the continued reduction to 25% has now been brought forward. The accelerated reduction in tax rate will now occur between FY21 and FY22, resulting in the 25% rate previously intended. Having recently received royal assent and becoming law, the following rates will now apply to all companies that earn no more than 80% of their income from passive sources and have an aggregated turnover of less than $50 million.

Company Tax Rate

Income year           Aggregated turnover threshold                     Tax rate for base rate entities                        Tax rate for all other
under the threshold                                        companies
2017–18                  $25m                                                                   27.5%                                                                 30.0%
2019–20                 $50m                                                                   27.5%                                                                 30.0%
2020–21                 $50m                                                                   26.0%                                                                30.0%
2021–22                 $50m                                                                   25.0%                                                                 30.0%

An entity may be aggregated for their turnover under the Control Test where a taxpayer has either:

• shares and other equity interests in the company that gives you and your affiliates at least 40% of the voting power in the company

• you hold interest in an entity that gives you the right to receive at least 40% of any income or capital the company distributes.

For further information contact Noe at, Oggy at or Hayden at

Date of Issue: 26 October 2018

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