Scott Morrison hints of lower income tax breaks in budget

Tuesday 03 May 2016

Article by Roisin Kelly-Goldsmith

Treasurer Scott Morrison said the 2016 budget will include superannuation tax breaks or “top ups” for lower-income earners and women, the Australian Financial Review has reported.

Scott Morrison hints of lower income tax breaks in budget

"We understand that when super was designed it was sort of a one-size-fits-all arrangement...and we all know the reality of modern life and the modern economy's very different to that," Morrison told reporter Phillip Coorey on Sunday.

Industry Super Australia welcomed the news in a statement which noted the plight of lower income earners and women who have much less to retire on.

“Tax settings on super are outdated and need to be more in tune with the sharp increase in part-time work over the last 25 years,” said Deputy Chief Robbie Campo.

"If the changes are well designed, they will not only boost the super savings of those who need it most, they will ease the extent to which many need to rely so heavily on the age pension.”

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Campo referred to the fact that the government had been planning on scrapping Labor’s Low Income Super Contribution (LISC) scheme which involved an annual $500 payment to help lower income earners grow their superannuation.

“Abolishing the LISC would be a retrograde step, further reducing the super savings of millions of Australian women,” Campo said in a reference to the gender pay gap in Australia.

The government will announce the official budget at 7.30pm tonight.

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