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Wayne Swan

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer

3 December 2007 - 27 June 2013

10 July 2011

NO.081

Joint Media Release with
The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Prime Minister

Combining Tax Cuts with Significant Tax Reform

The Gillard Government's household assistance combines tax cuts to help household budgets with significant tax reform that will simplify the tax system and free over one million Australians from having to lodge a return.

The reforms will create a more efficient tax system and strengthen our economy by improving incentives to work.

From 1 July 2012, every taxpayer earning up to $80,000 a year will receive a tax cut, with most getting at least $300 annually. A second round of tax cuts will apply from 1 July 2015, increasing this annual saving for most taxpayers earning below $80,000 a year to at least $380.

The tax‑free threshold will be more than trebled, increasing from $6,000 to $18,200 from 1 July 2012, and to $19,400 from 1 July 2015.

The changes will deliver a simpler, more transparent personal tax system in line with the Australia's Future Tax System Review.

Regular wage earners with incomes below the new tax-free threshold will not have any tax withheld from their wages by employers, which will mean higher take-home pay and better incentives to work.

The changes will particularly benefit part‑time workers and workers on low incomes, ensuring that they pay less tax.

Rolling the Low Income Tax Offset into a higher tax free threshold means better interactions with the transfer system. It will also mean statutory tax rates are more in line with the effective tax rates people actually pay, making the tax system easier to understand and fairer.

Under the new tax scales, every taxpayer below $80,000 gets a tax cut, and no Australian taxpayer will pay a cent more tax.

The changes build on the measures introduced in the 2011-12 Budget to boost workforce participation.

CANBERRA
10 July 2011


Tax cuts

Income Tax Cuts
From 1 July 2012 From 1 July 2015 Total
$20,000 $600 -- $600
$25,000 $503 $83 $586
$30,000 $303 $83 $386
$35,000 $303 $83 $386
$40,000 $303 $83 $386
$45,000 $303 $83 $386
$50,000 $303 $83 $386
$55,000 $303 $83 $386
$60,000 $303 $83 $386
$65,000 $303 $83 $386
$70,000 $253 $63 $316
$75,000 $128 $38 $166
$80,000+ $3 $13 $16

Tax scales

Tax Scales 2011-12 2012-13 2015-16
Threshold ($) Marginal Rate Threshold ($) Marginal Rate Threshold ($) Marginal Rate
1st Rate 6,001 15% 18,201 19% 19,401 19%
2nd Rate 37,001 30% 37,001 32.5% 37,001 33%
3rd Rate 80,001 37% 80,001 37% 80,001 37%
4th Rate 180,001 45% 180,001 45% 180,001 45%
LITO Up to $1,500 4% withdrawal rate on income over $30,000 Up to $445 1.5% withdrawal rate on income over $37,000 Up to $300 1% withdrawal rate on income over $37,000
Effective tax free threshold* 16,000 20,542 20,979

* Includes the effect of the tax free threshold and the Low Income Tax Offset