Fringe Benefits Tax - An Introduction
FBT is paid by employers on certain benefits they provide to their employees or their employees' family or other associates. FBT applies even if the benefit is provided by a third party under an arrangement with the employer.
FBT is separate to income tax and is calculated on the taxable value of the fringe benefit. The employer must self-assess their FBT liability for the FBT year (that is, 1 April to 31 March) and lodge an FBT return.
Employers can generally claim an income tax deduction for the cost of providing fringe benefits and for the FBT they pay. Employers can also generally claim GST credits for items provided as fringe benefits.
The different types of FBT are as follows
- Car fringe benefits
- Car parking fringe benefits
- Entertainment-related fringe benefits
- Expense payment fringe benefits
- Debt waiver fringe benefits
- Loan fringe benefits
- Housing fringe benefits
- Board fringe benefits
- Living away from home allowance fringe benefits
- Property fringe benefits
- Residual fringe benefits
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