9 October 2012
The recent State budget – how it affects you

The new Queensland Government has indicated that it is moving to address the State's challenging fiscal position in the 2012-2013 budget by both increasing revenues and reducing costs. While most of us would have heard about the reductions in the public sector workforce, there were some other announcements which could possibly have "gone under the radar". These include:

Increase in stamp duty

The maximum stamp duty rate that applies above $1m of value will increase from 5.25% to 5.75%

Payroll tax exemption

The payroll tax exemption threshold will be increase from $1m to $1.1 m for the 2013 year, with further $100k incremental increases each year until the exemption reaches $1.6m in 2018

Increase in coal royalties

This will potentially flow through the economy and result in increases in electricity bills

For more information on the budget, see the Queensland Government website.

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