fringe benefits

Beware consequences of a third party on FBT liabilities

For fringe benefits tax (FBT) to apply, the conventional wisdom is that the benefits involved are provided instead of cash salary, and further that such benefits are usually paid in respect of an employment relationship. Hence the pool of accepted FBT-attracting items — laptops, cars, entertainment expenses and so on — that an employer may

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ATO nominates the FBT issues that grind its gears

March 31 and the end of the FBT year is around the corner, so to help practitioners get things right for their clients, the ATO has made public the fringe benefits tax issues that attract its attention. Broadly (not just in relation to FBT), it says the following behaviours and characteristics tend to raise a

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Changes to employee FBT declaration forms

With the due date for FBT returns prepared by tax agents looming (the deadline is June 25 if lodging electronically), the ATO has released updated versions of five employee declaration forms for the 2016-17 FBT year. Changes to employee FBT declaration forms These updated forms reflect changes to the FBT laws that took effect on

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FBT year about to close, compliance blowtorch about to fire up

Practitioners should note that fringe benefits tax is firmly on the ATO’s radar screen this year. Over the past 18 months the ATO, through its FBT Taskforce, has launched several audits and reviews of employers in the SME sector. FBT year about to close, compliance blowtorch about to fire up Its compliance focus in particular

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