Now that the government is unchanged, one proposed change contained in the recent federal budget that will most likely be given priority is the increase to the low and middle income tax offset (LMITO).

The previously proposed (and legislated) LMITO, applying for the 2018-19 to 2021-22 income years, is to be increased. This will change the maximum amount from $530 to $1,080 a year for singles and the base amount will increase from $200 to $255 a year for the 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 income years.

As a result, the LMITO will now provide a reduction in tax of up to $255 for taxpayers with a taxable income of $37,000 or less. For taxable incomes between $37,000 and $48,000, the value of the offset will increase at a rate of 7.5 cents per dollar to the maximum offset of $1,080. Readmore