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    [3863] Fringe benefits tax – car parking fringe benefits

    Title
    Final Taxation Ruling
    Fringe benefits tax: car parking fringe benefits

    Purpose
    The final Ruling will update Taxation Ruling TR 96/26 Fringe benefits tax: car parking fringe benefits (now withdrawn) to reflect contemporary commercial car parking arrangements and legal developments including the Federal Court decisions in Commissioner of Taxation v Qantas Airways Ltd [2014] FCAFC 168 and Virgin Blue Airlines Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Taxation [2010] FCAFC 137.

    An updated version of Chapter 16 of Fringe benefits tax - a guide for employers will also be republished.

    Expected completion
    June 2021

    Comments
    Draft TR 2019/D5 published on 13 November 2019.

    A draft update to Chapter 16 of Fringe benefits tax – a guide for employers published on 27 November 2019. Further targeted consultation was conducted in December 2020 (refer to Consultation matter below). The Ruling is now being progressed to finalisation following feedback raised in consultation.

    Concerns were raised in consultation that the draft Ruling relied too heavily on subjective factors such as the profit-making intention of a car parking operator, which an employer would have difficulty establishing for a nearby car park. To address this, the final Ruling will revise the test for determining what is a 'commercial car parking facility' to focus on a car parking facility’s objective characteristics.

    The Ruling will not publish before 1 April 2021. We intend to publish the final Ruling by mid-June 2021. We acknowledge the ongoing uncertainty for employers, and we have determined that when the final Ruling is published, any changes in view from TR 96/26 (withdrawn) will apply from 1 April 2022.

    Contact
    PAGSEO@ato.gov.au

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    Last modified: 30 Mar 2021QC 50318