Fringe Benefits Tax 2016

By Ashley Carmichael

The 2016 Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year end of 31 March 2016 is fast approaching.

It is time for businesses to start reviewing their position to identify if they need to submit a FBT return.

What is FBT?

FBT is a tax payable by employers on non-cash benefits provided to employees.  This is essentially any benefit provided to employees beyond their normal salary and superannuation.

Common examples of Fringe Benefits are:

  • Private use of business vehicles;
  • Car parking;
  • Provision of entertainment;
  • Payment/reimbursement of private expenses;
  • Provision of loans;
  • Provision of goods/services from the business; and
  • Living Away From Home Allowances (LAFHA).

Where the employer provides Fringe Benefits to employees, those benefits must be valued in accordance with the legislation and the employer then pays FBT at the rate of 49%.

There are a number of exemptions & concessions that can be accessed by employers to reduce or eliminate the FBT liability.  For example, low value benefits (< $300) may be eligible for the Minor Benefits exemption.

There are also specific rules, concessions & exemptions that apply to employers operating in the not-for-profit sector.

What should I be doing?

If you have provided any non-cash benefits to employees during the last twelve months, you should seek advice on how the FBT rules apply to your business.

You will also require guidance on the record keeping requirements to be satisfied.

For those businesses that offer salary packaging, it is also a time to review those packages to ensure that they are correctly set for the 2017 FBT year.

If you require assistance to review the FBT position of your business, or advice on how to achieve the best outcomes, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sky Accountants, 24 March 2016

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