Stay Compliant: Key Tax Changes for Small Businesses in 2024


As we move into 2024, small businesses in Australia must stay abreast of significant tax changes that could impact their operations and financial planning. Understanding these updates is crucial for maintaining compliance and optimising tax strategies. This article provides a comprehensive overview of the critical tax changes affecting small businesses in 2024, including updated tax brackets, new deductions, and important compliance deadlines.

1. Updated Tax Brackets

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has adjusted the tax brackets for the 2024 financial year. These changes may affect the amount of tax your business needs to withhold from employee wages and your overall tax liability. The new tax brackets are as follows:

  • $0 – $18,200: 0% (tax-free threshold)
  • $18,201 – $45,000: 19%
  • $45,001 – $120,000: 32.5%
  • $120,001 – $180,000: 37%
  • $180,001 and above: 45%

Businesses must update their payroll systems to reflect these changes to ensure accurate withholding and compliance.

2. Increased Superannuation Guarantee Rate

The Superannuation Guarantee (SG) rate has increased to 11% as of July 1, 2024. This incremental rise is part of the government’s plan to increase the SG rate to 12% by 2025. Employers must ensure that they are making the correct superannuation contributions for their employees based on this updated rate.

3. New Deductions and Credits

Several new deductions and credits have been introduced to support small businesses in 2024. Key highlights include:

  • Clean Commercial Vehicle Credit: Businesses purchasing zero-emission vehicles can claim up to 30% back on their purchase costs. This incentive aims to encourage the adoption of environmentally friendly business practices​ (ASBN Small Business Network)​.
  • Energy-Efficient Technology Credit: Small businesses investing in energy-efficient technologies, such as solar power installations, can claim a credit covering 30% of installation expenses. This credit is designed to promote sustainability and reduce operational costs​ (ASBN Small Business Network)​.
  • R&D Tax Incentive: The government continues to support innovation through the R&D Tax Incentive, providing tax offsets for eligible research and development activities. Ensure your business meets the eligibility criteria to take advantage of this incentive.

4. Changes to Instant Asset Write-Off

The Instant Asset Write-Off threshold remains a vital tool for small businesses to manage cash flow and reduce taxable income. For 2024, the threshold has been adjusted:

  • Eligible businesses can instantly write off assets costing up to $20,000.
  • The write-off applies to new or second-hand assets first used or installed ready for use in the year the deduction is claimed.

This adjustment aims to support small businesses in making necessary capital investments without the burden of depreciation over multiple years.

5. Compliance Deadlines

Staying on top of compliance deadlines is essential to avoid penalties and interest charges. Key deadlines for the 2024 financial year include:

  • BAS Lodgement: Quarterly BAS are due on the 28th day of the month following the end of each quarter (e.g., April 28, July 28, October 28, and January 28).
  • Superannuation Contributions: Super contributions must be paid at least quarterly, with due dates on the 28th of January, April, July, and October.
  • Income Tax Return: The deadline for lodging income tax returns for most small businesses is October 31, 2024.

Ensure that all lodgements and payments are made on time to maintain compliance and avoid any additional charges.

6. Increased ATO Scrutiny

The ATO has increased its scrutiny on small business tax compliance. Key focus areas include:

  • Cash Economy: Ensuring all cash transactions are accurately reported.
  • Work-Related Expenses: Verifying the legitimacy of work-related expense claims.
  • Superannuation Compliance: Monitoring timely and accurate superannuation contributions.

Businesses should maintain thorough and accurate records to support their claims and be prepared for potential audits.


Navigating the tax changes for 2024 requires careful planning and attention to detail. By staying informed about updated tax brackets, new deductions, and compliance deadlines, small businesses can ensure they remain compliant and optimise their tax strategies. Consulting with a professional accountant or tax advisor can provide additional guidance and help you navigate these changes effectively.

At Carmody Accounting and Business Advisory, we are committed to helping small businesses in Western Sydney stay compliant and thrive. Contact us today to learn how we can support your business in 2024 and beyond.

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