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The End of Salary Packaged Super

From 1 July 2017 I cannot understand why anyone would salary package super in addition to the 9.5% SG their employer is required to pay for them. Now I am not saying that it is not worth using up an employee’s entire $25,000 concessional cap (2017/18 cap amount), but I am saying you are crazy […]

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FBT Planning Stuff Tax Policy

The end of salary packaging???

The Government has just released draft legislation in relation to the capping rules for exempt fringe benefits that can be provided by public hospitals, ambulance services, registered public benevolent institutions and registered health promotion charities. I should quickly say it is exactly as was announced on Budget night – from 1 April 2016 the total amount of […]

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FBT Income Tax Super Tax Policy

Tax Impediments Facing Small Business…

The Board of Tax report on Tax Impediments Facing Small Business has been made public. This report, and the Government’s response make some interesting reading. What do you think about: “Based on an analysis of business population data, the Board recommends that the small business entity turnover threshold be increased to at least $3 million and investigate the feasibility […]

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Cases FBT

You win some, you lose some… and I am a bad loser…

I have patted myself on the back before for an AAT decision on FBT at my local airport. I may have congratulated myself a bit early as in Commissioner of Taxation v Qantas Airways Limited [2014] FCAFC 168 the Full Federal Court overturned there being no car parking FBT for employers who provide car parking for […]

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FBT Planning Idea Rulings

FBT and Public Hospitals

FBT exemptions are amazing ways to reward employees. And one of the most used FBT exemptions relates to employees of public hospital. These employees can receive up to $17,000 worth of grossed up benefits. What does grossed up mean? That there is no FBT payable if the value of the benefits, multiplied by the appropriate […]

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FBT Planning Idea Planning Stuff Rulings

Religious Practitioners and Fringe Benefits

Believe it or not, I get asked this question all the time so to save you asking me… Section 57 of the Fringe Benefits Assessment Act 1986 includes an exemption from Fringe Benefits Tax on benefits for certain employees of religious institutions. Under this section, if a benefit is provided by a religious organisation to […]

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Cases FBT

FBT and Canberra Airport – my vicarious victory

Many years ago I prepared to take the ATO to the AAT for a large entity on whether the car park at Canberra airport was a commercial car parking station. If it was, FBT was payable when employers provided parking at the airport for employees. The definition of commercial car parking station states that the […]

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FBT Income Tax Part IVA Planning Idea Planning Stuff

Employee Benefit Trusts And “Deep Throat”

Many years ago I received a call from a very junior ABC journalist (her career has very much blossomed since the and she is now a household name). We met in a meeting room where I worked an she provided me with two private rulings – both about employee benefit trusts. The first was a […]

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FBT Planning Idea Tax Policy

Another go at closing salary packaged cars

One of the arguments presented by the salary packaging companies (please note these are companies that only exist due to the combination of a tax loophole and tricky marketing – https://taxrambling.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/the-post-the-salary-packagers-do-not-wanted-you-to-see/) is that removing the statutory method for calculating car fringe benefits would hurt the local car manufacturers. But by 2017 there will be no […]

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FBT Planning Stuff Tax Policy

The post the salary packagers do not wanted you to see…

Go to any salary packager’s website and they will have a calculator. After you complete or the details the calculator will tell you how much you will save in tax by salary packaging a car. THIS NUMBER IS ABSOLUTELY RUBBISH. I don’t mean the calculation is wrong in any way at all. What I mean […]