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# A – Cars using the statutory formula

Last updated 15 May 2014

When you complete the information at item A, do not show the actual value of the cars in the 'Gross taxable value (a)' column.

Employee contributions include:

• amounts the employee pays directly to you for using a car
• any car operating costs (for example, fuel) the employee paid.

Use GST-inclusive amounts where appropriate.

If, at the beginning of the FBT year, you have already owned or leased the car for four years, you can reduce its base value by one-third. The reduction applies only once for a particular car – you then use the reduced base value for subsequent years.

## Determining the statutory percentage

A flat statutory rate of 20% applies (subject to transitional rules), regardless of the distance travelled, to all car fringe benefits you provide after 7.30pm AEST on 10 May 2011 (except where there is a pre-existing commitment in place to provide a car).

The statutory percentages for car fringe benefits provided before 7.30pm AEST on 10 May 2011, or where you have a pre-existing commitment in place to provide the car after this time, are as follows:

Total kilometres travelled during the FBT year

Statutory percentage

Less than 15,000

26

15,000 to 24,999

20

25,000 to 40,000

11

Over 40,000

7

You can continue to use these statutory rates for all pre-existing commitments unless there is a change to that commitment.

If a car was not held for the whole FBT year, you need to work out how many kilometres it would have travelled if you had held it for the whole year, to establish the appropriate statutory fraction – for example, if you acquire a car halfway through the FBT year and it travels 12,000 kilometres in six months, the distance it travels in a year is 24,000 kilometres.

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Example: Non-transitional arrangement – calculate car fringe benefits using the statutory formula

An employer has two cars with a base value of \$30,000 each. Both cars have travelled 20,000 kilometres in the FBT year and have been available to the employees for private use for the whole year. The two employees who use the cars have made contributions of \$1,000 each for fuel during the year.

The calculation for each car is as follows:

(\$30,000 x 20%) – \$1,000
= \$5,000

The employer shows this at item 23 as follows:

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## Transitional arrangements and rates

The move to one statutory rate of 20% will be phased in over four years. There will be transitional arrangements that apply to any new commitments entered into from 10 May 2011 to 31 March 2014. Where there is a change to a pre-existing commitment, these transitional arrangements will also apply. The following statutory rates should be used:

Total kms
travelled during
FBT year

Statutory percentage

From
10 May 2011

From
1 Apr 2012

From
1 Apr 2013

From
1 Apr 2014

Less than 15,000

20

20

20

20

15,000 to 24,999

20

20

20

20

25,000 to 40,000

14

17

20

20

Over 40,000

10

13

17

20

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Example: Transitional arrangement – calculate car fringe benefits using the statutory formula

Under an arrangement that did not involve a pre-existing commitment, on 12 June 2013 an employer agreed to provide an employee with a car fringe benefit. The car was delivered on 1 July 2013 and was available to the employee for private use from that date.

From 1 July 2013 to 31 March 2014, the car travelled 31,000 kilometres.

The annualised kilometres are 31,000 x 365/274 = 41,296.

The base value of the car is \$32,000.

The employee did not make any contributions.

The calculation for the car is (\$32,000 x 17%) x 274/365 = \$4,083.

The employer shows this at item 23 as follows:

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