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Fringe Benefits Tax

Benefits during emergencies exempt from FBT If your business assists employees during an emergency, for example floods, bushfires etc, then fringe benefits tax is unlikely to apply to the assistance you provide. While we doubt anyone would be thinking about FBT during a crisis, it’s good to know that the tax system does not disadvantage…

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Got a HELP debt?

The impending changes to speed up your HELP repayments The Government has moved to put an end to ‘eternal students’ who constantly study and never earn an income and speed up the payment cycle for those with outstanding debt. New lifetime caps on Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debt will prevent people from constantly going…

Salary sacrificing for a fringe benefit

Salary sacrifice or employee contribution? One issue that frequently causes confusion is the difference between the employee salary sacrificing in order to receive a fringe benefit and making an employee contribution towards the value of that fringe benefit. Salary sacrificing for a fringe benefit To be an effective salary sacrifice arrangement (SSA), the agreement must…

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FBT and LAFHA

Living away from home allowances Living Away From Home Allowances (LAFHA) continue to cause confusion for both employers and employees. A LAFHA is an allowance paid to an employee by their employer to compensate for additional expenses they incur, and any disadvantages suffered because the employee’s job requires them to live away from their normal…

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Fringe benefits and car parking

Car parking We all know how expensive commercial car parking can be. The ATO has noticed that where car parking benefits are being declared (that is, where an employer provides parking to an employee), the value of what is being declared is significantly less than what you would expect to pay. Common errors include: Market…

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FBT: utes and commercial vehicles

Utes and commercial vehicle exemption The new safe harbour to avoid FBT When an employer provides an employee with the use of a car or other vehicle then this would generally be treated as a car fringe benefit or residual fringe benefit and could potentially trigger an FBT liability. However, the FBT Act contains some…

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FBT and motor vehicles

Motor Vehicles Using the company car outside of work Just because your business buys a motor vehicle and it is used as a work vehicle, that alone does not mean that the car is exempt from FBT. If you use the car for private purposes – pick the kids up from school, do the shopping, use it…

FBT and Christmas

FBT and Christmas time

Management of Fringe Benefits Tax The management of Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) obligations is often seen as an additional compliance task, not as important as other compliance obligations such as income tax, GST and PAYG withholding tax.  However, FBT obligations that are not appropriately managed or accounted for can impose significant on-costs for businesses. Over…

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What the ATO are targeting this FBT year

Businesses that have bought cars and living away from home allowances Data matching has become more sophisticated over the years to the point where there very few transactions you can make without the ATO knowing about it. While the officers at the ATO don’t go through data line by line they do look at anomalies. …