Tuesday, 10 May

Oliver Milman

 

For a budget that was predicted in some quarters to take an axe to public spending, start-ups haven’t come out too badly from Treasurer Wayne Swan’s 2011 effort.

 

Alongside the previously announced $5,000 tax write-off for vehicles and reform of car fringe tax benefits, entrepreneurs have been handed a few extra goodies, despite the lack of any major boost for innovation.

 

There is a new $100 million VC fund for renewable start-ups and while it is small compared to comparable green investment funds in the UK and US, it is a welcome step in the right direction.

 

In addition to this, the Small Business Support Line has been handed an extra $7.1 million and there’s a one-year tweak to PAYG rules, which will boost cashflow.

 

Throw in a heavy focus on boosting skills and workplace participation, and it would be fair to label this as a budget with plenty of welcome, albeit small, wins for start-ups.

 

Read on for our in-depth coverage, direct from Canberra, on how the budget impacts your business.

 

Oliver Milman, Editor

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