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Small businesses are largely at ease with the federal budget, with less than a fifth of them rating it negatively, according to a new survey.
The MYOB SME Snapshot survey revealed that an equal 34 per cent of SMEs felt the measures announced on 9 May were more positive than negative or that the measures would have no impact to their business.
Only 16 per cent rated the budget negatively.
CEO of MYOB Tim Reed said the positivity from SMEs was likely due to the extension of the $20,000 instant tax write-off, which 60 per cent of SME respondents felt positively about.
“Ahead of the budget, we knew that 60 per cent of small business owners considered the instant tax write-off to be the most pressing need,” Mr Reed said.
“The extension has created a very positive sentiment around the budget amongst the SME community.
“Considering that ahead of the budget, 43 per cent of small business owners weren’t confident it would deliver a positive outcome, it appears that policies like the tax write-off extension and company tax cuts have turned this sentiment around.”
The company tax rate cuts were the second most popular move by the government among SMEs, with 49 per cent viewing these positively.
Additional funding of training programs to help fill skill shortages was also welcomed, with 17 per cent believing this would have a positive impact, compared to the 2 per cent who believed it would impact negatively.