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Introductory Rates & Interest Free Periods
Our Advent calendar for 2019
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Don’t forget sharing economy income
Impress your friends with your knowledge!!
Salary sacrificing and the superannuation guarantee
Why so much super “stuff” this year?
Reverse Mortgage?
How the gig economy could create hidden tax issues for contractors and employers
15,000 tip-offs as ATO black economy hotline rings hot
What happens when interest rates hit the floor?
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Articles
Fringe Benefits Tax and Odometer Readings
Income Tax - Car Expenses
Income Tax ? Car Expenses - Log Book Method.
Income Tax ? Car Expenses - One third of actual Expenses
Income Tax ? Car Expenses - 12% of Cost.
Income Tax ? Car Expenses - Cents per Km method
Property Depreciation Explained.
Reasonable Allowance Limits 2003/04
Tax Deduction for Life Insurance?
Real Estate & Self Managed Superannuation Funds
Employee Safety Net
Tax Audit Activity ? Motor Vehicle Expenses
Depreciation Adds Value
FBT and In-house Benefits
FBT and Laptop/Portable Computers
FBT and Record Keeping
FBT and Entertainment
FBT and Minor Benefits
FBT and Gifts to Clients
FBT ? Christmas Parties and Taxi Fares
Christmas Parties ? FBT & Income Tax
Christmas Parties ? FBT & Income Tax
Entertainment not on employer?s premises

Generally, any function provided for employees not on the employer?s premises is subject to FBT.

Christmas parties are only exempt from FBT as minor benefits if the total value of the benefit to the employee (and any family members attending) is under $100 (see article ?FBT and Minor benefits?).
A common mistake for employers is to calculate the cost per head rather than per employee.

Example An employer provides a Christmas party at a local restaurant for all employees.

The catering cost per person is $60 for food and drink.  Employees are entitled to bring their spouses to the function.

If an employee attends the function alone, the cost is below $100 and there is no FBT liability as the cost qualifies as a minor benefit.  The employer would not be entitled to claim a deduction for the cost of providing that benefit.

If an employee attends the function with his/her spouse, the total value of the benefit is $100 or more. Consequently, the entire amount is subject to FBT but the employer can claim a tax deduction for both the cost of the benefit and any FBT paid.

Entertainment on employer?s premises Except for tax exempt organisations, food and drink provided to employees on the employer?s premises on an ordinary working day are exempt from FBT.

?Food and drink? similarly provided to family members on the employer?s premises can be exempt if it is a minor benefit (see below) and the aggregate value of the benefit provided to the employee and any family members is less than $100.






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