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Revised Tax Cuts Passed: A Brief Overview

Today, we’re reaching out to shed light on the recent developments regarding the Stage 3 personal income tax cuts slated for July 1st, 2024. The bill to implement Labor’s revised tax cuts has now passed both houses of parliament, prompting us to provide you with a comprehensive update.

Understanding the Changes

The revisions aim to better distribute tax relief, particularly benefiting lower-income households grappling with rising living costs. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Individuals with a taxable income under $146,486, who would incur an income tax liability, will receive more substantial tax cuts compared to the original Stage 3 plan.
  • For instance, someone earning $40,000 will see a $654 tax cut, a stark contrast to receiving no tax relief under the current Stage 3 scheme. Similarly, an individual earning $100,000 would enjoy a $2,179 tax cut, $804 more than under the existing plan.

However, those earning $200,000 will experience a significant reduction in anticipated benefits, with their tax cut slashed nearly in half, from $9,075 to $4,529. While this still offers a benefit compared to current tax rates, it’s notably less than initially expected.

Additionally, low-income earners will find relief through a 7.1% increase in the Medicare Levy low-income thresholds, shielding individuals from the 2% levy until their income surpasses $32,500, up from $26,000.

While the changes aim to maintain revenue neutrality compared to the original plan, they are estimated to cost approximately $1 billion more over the next four years before ‘bracket creep’ begins to offset the gains.

The Path to Reform

The genesis of these tax reforms traces back to the 2018-19 Federal Budget, where the Government aimed to address the issue of ‘bracket creep’ – a phenomenon where tax rates fail to keep pace with wage growth, resulting in higher taxes over time. The three-point plan sought to simplify tax thresholds and rates, lighten the tax burden for many individuals, and align Australia’s tax structure with international counterparts, such as New Zealand.

Your Concerns Matter

Should you have any concerns or questions regarding the impact of these changes on your financial situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to provide guidance and support tailored to your specific needs and objectives.


The now passed redesign of the Stage 3 personal income tax cuts introduces significant changes that will affect taxpayers across the board. We appreciate your continued trust and confidence in our services, and we stand ready to assist you through these evolving tax landscapes.

The following links provide more information: Tax cuts to help with the cost of living; Tax cut calculator; Government Information Sheet; Accountants Daily: Revised Tax Cuts Bill Passed.

Note: The information provided in this update is for general advisory purposes only. It’s crucial to consider your personal objectives, financial situation, and needs before making any decisions regarding the information, strategies, or products mentioned.

Current as of March, 4, 2024.