The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has made a change to the FBT guidelines, set to take affect for the 2019 Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year and beyond, that will give businesses that supply employees with motor vehicles (that are not cars) a prescriptive method to apply to get an exemption to FBT. It is a change from the previous “minor, infrequent and irregular use” test that has been in place.
What the changes mean for you
Essentially commercial vehicles (think ute or van) will now attract fringe benefit tax, unless:
- Your employee only uses the vehicle to travel between home and work – with no diversion that adds more than 2km to the trip
- Multiple journeys for private use account for no more than 750km for each FBT year (15km per week on average)
- No single return journey for a private purpose exceeded 200km
If you haven’t been calculating FBT for work utes up until now, it’s time to start! At the very least you will require an employee declaration to confirm any private use didn’t exceed these thresholds.
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