Supplementary Explanatory Memorandum(Circulated by authority of the Treasurer, the Hon Peter Costello, MP)
Fringe benefits tax instalments
1.1 Schedule 2 to the A New Tax System (Tax Administration) Bill (No. 2) 1999 amends the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 (FBTAA) to complete the alignment of fringe benefits tax (FBT) instalments with other business tax instalment obligations.
1.2 The amendments enable:
- an employer to claim a credit for earlier FBT instalments where the notional tax amount is reduced during the FBT year (the 'credit measure'); and
- the use of an amount of tax that was assessed for the most recent year of tax as the notional tax amount in the calculation of an FBT instalment (the 'notional tax measure').
Summary of the amendments
1.4 The purpose of the amendments is to change the application date of the credit measure from 1 April 2001 to 1 April 2000.
1.5 The credit measure will apply from 1 April 2000
Background to the legislation
1.6 Schedule 2 to the Bill amends the FBTAA to complete the alignment of FBT instalments with other business tax instalment obligations.
Explanation of the amendments
1.7 Amendment 1 changes the commencement of Schedule 2 to the Bill, except for items 2, 5, 8A, 9 and subitem 10(2), from 1 April 2001 to 1 April 2000. That is, the credit measure will now commence from 1 April 2000. [New clause 2]
1.8 The commencement of items 2, 5, 8A, 9 and subitem 10(2) of Schedule 2 remains 1 April 2001. That is, the notional tax measure continues to commence from 1 April 2001. [New clause 2A]
1.9 As a result of the change to the application date, consequential amendments are made to the not to new subsection 112A(1) of the FBTAA. For the FBT year commencing 1 April 2000, the note explains the an employer may be entitled to claim a credit where the notional tax amount is reduced because the employer has made an estimate of tax under section 112 of the FBTAA. For the year commencing 1 April 2001 and all later years, an employer may also be entitle to a credit where the notional tax amount has reduced because an assessment has been made for a more recent year of tax. [Item 8A] This note reflects the amendment made by item 2 to this BIll to the definition of notional tax amount in section 110 of the FBTAA.
1.10 The amendments made by items 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, and 11 of Schedule 2 to this Bill (the credit measure) apply in relations to instalments of tax from, and including, the FBT year commencing 1 April 2000. [New subitem 10(1)]
1.11 The amendments made by items 2, 5, 8A and 9 of Schedule 2 to this Bill (the notional tax measure) continue to apply in relation to instalments of tax from, and including, the FBT year commencing 1 April 2001 and all later years. [New subitem 10(2)]