fringe benefits

Vehicle benefits under COVID-19 may have changed business FBT obligations

The special circumstances that coronavirus has thrown our way looks like having some very practical outcomes on certain areas of fringe benefits tax. One of the most prevalent and well-established category of fringe benefits centres on the provision and use of vehicles. The parking of a car, for instance, is a benefit that comes with

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FBT year ends with some hot issues targeted by the ATO

  If your client is an employer, they will appreciate being advised what the ATO is looking out for, and the fringe benefits they’re expected to report, so they can avoid attracting its attention or making costly mistakes. In this year’s updated ATO list for taxpayers, titled “What attracts our attention”, there are six items

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Mid-FBT year fringe benefit compliance check-up

  It’s nowhere near Christmas yet (although a smattering of yule-infused ads have crept on to the TV), but in order to help practitioners get things right for their clients, and help them prepare for the inevitable FBT year end, the ATO has made known the fringe benefits tax issues that can benefit from a

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Board of Taxation review into FBT compliance costs

  The Board of Taxation has recently announced that it is launching a comprehensive review to determine whether there are opportunities for compliance costs to be reduced that are associated with employer obligations under FBT. In order to understand the sources of compliance costs, the Board of Taxation (BOT) is conducting focus groups, online surveys

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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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FBT: What’s new for 2017?

The big change to FBT, which carries over from the previous FBT year, is the continued application of a 49% rate. This is due to revert to 47% on April 1, 2017 (therefore applying for the 2017-18 FBT year onwards), but for the current FBT year, 49% continues to apply. What’s new for FBT in

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