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ATO develops safe harbour for car fringe benefits

The Australian Tax Office has recently collaborated with industry representatives to develop a safe harbour for car fringe benefits. A safe harbour is a guideline that allows Australian businesses to make use of an efficient way to calculate tax where certain conditions are met.

This particular safe harbour will simplify the approach for working out the business use percentage of car fringe benefits for fleets of 20 cars or more. The new approach reduces the recordkeeping burden for businesses and allows them to use an ‘average business use percentage’ when using the operating cost method.

Businesses can access the safe harbour and use this new simplified approach if they have:

Businesses can use the logbooks to calculate the fleet’s average business use percentage to all tool of trade cars held in the fleet in the log book year and can use that percentage for the following four years. 
Employers can calculate the average business use percentage by:
The simplified record-keeping approach can be applied for a period of five years in respect of the fleet (including replacement and new cars) provided the fleet remains at 20 cars or more, and subject to there being no material and substantial changes in circumstances.
An example of a substantial change would be a change in location of the employer’s depot that would substantially alter the business use percentage of the fleet.

Posted on 30 October '16 by , under Tax.

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