The Treasury Laws Amendment (2020 Measures No. 3) Bill 2020 passed both houses of Parliament on 18 June 2020 and is awaiting royal assent.
The bill includes several amendments to the government’s Coronavirus Economic Response Package, including an extension of the $150,000 instant asset write-off threshold for another six months until 31 December 2020.
Access to the instant asset write-off has expanded to include businesses with aggregated annual turnover of less than $500 million, up from the former $50 million threshold.
“These measures will support over 3.5 million businesses. They are designed to support business sticking with investment they had planned, and encouraging them to bring investment forward to support economic growth over the near term,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said.
Entities required to pay amounts under Division 13 in Schedule 1 to the TAA 1953, in relation to alienated personal services payments received in these periods, are also entitled to the cash-flow boost as part of efforts to clarify the Boosting Cash Flow for Employers Act 2020.
In addition, entities that may have received a cash-flow boost payment from the ATO on the basis of reporting that does not distinguish between amounts withheld under Subdivisions 12-B, 12-C and 12-D in Schedule 1 to the TAA 1953 and amounts payable under Division 13 in Schedule 1 to the TAA 1953 are not required to repay these amounts.
Another measure included in the bill is setting the PAYG instalment GDP adjustment factor as 0 per cent for the 2020–21 financial year.
The ATO said it will adopt the same PAYG instalment adjustment factor for GST instalments over the same period which is in line with past administration practice.