FBT Time Is Fast Approaching!

Hello Chasers,

The ATO has advised employers that ‘FBT time’ is just around the corner, and they need to stay on top of their fringe benefits tax (FBT) obligations.

Employers need to ensure they have attended to the following matters this FBT time:

  • Identify if they have an FBT liability regarding fringe benefits they have provided to their employees or their associates between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024.
  • Identify if they have an FBT liability as they will need to lodge an FBT return and pay the amount due by 21 May.
  • Identify if they are currently registered for FBT and let the ATO know if they do not need to lodge an FBT return (Editor: by asking us to lodge an FBT non-lodgment notice) to prevent the ATO seeking a return from them at a later date.
  • Employers should also remember that when the new FBT year starts on 1 April, they can choose to use existing records instead of travel diaries and declarations for some fringe benefits.

Furthermore, the ATO has released Practice Compliance Guideline PCG 2024/2 which provides a short cut method to help work out the cost of charging electric vehicles (‘EV’) at an employee’s home for FBT purposes.  

Eligible employers can choose to use either the EV home charging rate of 4.2 cents per kilometre or the actual cost.

Ultimately, all employers need to make sure they understand their FBT obligations and the records they need to keep to avoid an FBT liability.

Please contact our office on 0355612643 if you or your employees are receiving benefits that might have fringe benefits tax implications. This is a complex area and with a tax rate of 47%, plus penalties for incorrect lodgement, it could be very costly.

Have a great day!

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