Tax Planning for Employees

Electric Cars are FBT Free

9 August 2022

The Treasury Laws Amendment (Electric Car Discount) Bill 2022 proposes to remove Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on eligible cars provided by employers to current employees for private use. The exemption applies under the following circumstances: To eligible electric vehicles first held and used after 1st July 2022. To cars with a purchase price below $84,916…

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Fully maintained associate lease

16 November 2021

A fully maintained associate lease is an agreement where an associate of the employee (typically spouse or partner), leases a fully maintained car to the employee's employer. Under the fully maintained operating lease, the associate agrees to incur and pay for the vehicles' running costs (e.g. fuel, repairs, insurance, and registration). The employer then provides…

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Can I deduct the cost of travelling to see my tax agent?

18 October 2021

A taxpayer can claim a deduction for the cost of travel to obtain tax advice. This travel includes:  Using a taxpayer's vehicle to visit their accountant's office. This can be calculated on a cents per km basis. Out of pocket transport costs incurred, such as airfare or taxi fare. Accommodation and meals incurred visiting their tax agent. (This…

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Deduct your overnight travel expenses

22 December 2020

Overnight travel expenses involve being away from home for at least one night for work or business purposes. Business or work travel is in contrast with other types of private travel such as for leisure purposes or regularly commuting between one's home and workplace. Reasons for work or business trips include servicing customers, working at…

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Tax deductions for handbags, briefcases and satchels 

13 October 2020

Handbags, briefcases and satchels purchased to carry items for work purposes (such as laptops, tablets, work papers or diaries) may be deductible. The deductibility of the bag will depend on: Cost – It's easier to justify to the ATO that a $300 bag is for work purposes than a $10,000 Prada bag. Type – Large bags…

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Travel to co-existing work location 

15 September 2020

Co-existing work locations travel involves travel which can be attributed to the employee having to work in more than one location. This is the case where: The travel is directly between work locations, or between home and an alternative work location, and It is reasonable to conclude that the travel is undertaken in performing the…

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‘Special demands travel’ from home to work can be tax deductible

18 August 2020

Where an employee undertakes 'special demands' travel between home and a regular work location, the trip will be deductible work-related travel where being conducted in performing the employee's work activities. Travel will be part of an employees work activities where: The work activities require the employee to undertake the trip. The employee is paid, directly…

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Tax deductible holiday working spaces

18 February 2020

Holiday working spaces are work spaces in holiday destinations. The working spaces can be located literally anywhere in the world; including your favourite beach, forest, or snow holiday distination. Employees can work from the working spaces for a week, month or six months at a time. The work spaces can be hired by the day,…

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Reduce tax on holiday travel by 50% for overseas employees

19 November 2019

This tax strategy only applies to overseas employees working in Australia, and Australian residents working overseas. Under the FBT legislation the taxable value of holiday travel costs (flights, accommodation and meals) provided to these employees (and their families) are reduced by 50% if they travel back to either: the town where they lived before being…

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Tax Strategies – Top 10 for Employees

13 August 2019

These 10 Tax Strategies apply to the majority of employees & produce the biggest tax savings (on average). Tax Strategy 1 – Salary Packaging Private Motor Vehicles Makes private motor vehicles tax deductible (average $3,000 tax savings pa). Tax Strategy 4 – Transporting Heavy or Bulky Equipment Makes home to work travel deductible (average $3,000…

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