Taxation Determination

TD 2017/4

Fringe benefits tax: what are the rates to be applied on a cents per kilometre basis for calculating the taxable value of a fringe benefit arising from the private use of a motor vehicle other than a car for the fringe benefits tax year commencing on 1 April 2017?

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Ruling

1. The rates to be applied where the cents per kilometre basis is used for the fringe benefits tax (FBT) year commencing on 1 April 2017 are:

Engine capacity Rate per kilometre
0 - 2500cc 53 cents
Over 2500cc 63 cents
Motorcycles 16 cents

Date of effect

2. This Determination applies to the FBT year commencing 1 April 2017.

Commissioner of Taxation
29 March 2017

Appendix 1 - Explanation

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3. An employee's right to use a car for private purposes constitutes a car fringe benefit under the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 (FBTAA). Where an employee is entitled to use a motor vehicle other than a car , this gives rise to a residual benefit under that Act. For these purposes, pursuant to subsection 136(1) of the FBTAA, which refers to subsection 995-1(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997) a 'car' means:


a 'motor vehicle' (except a motorcycle or similar vehicle) designed to carry a load of less than 1 tonne and fewer than 9 passengers, with a 'motor vehicle' being defined as:

any motor powered road vehicle (including a 4 wheel drive vehicle)

4. Taxation Ruling MT 2034 outlines a number of acceptable methods that may be used to value the benefit of the right to use an employer's motor vehicle other than a car . One method of valuing the benefit is to multiply the number of private kilometres travelled by employees in a vehicle during a year by a cents per kilometre rate. The effect of paragraphs 15 and 16 of MT 2034 is that this method can only be used where there is extensive business use of the vehicle.

5. The cents per kilometre rates set out in this Determination are those that applied for the year commencing on 1 April 2016, reviewed to reflect the movement in the Consumer Price Index. (The rates that applied for the year commencing on 1 April 2016 are set out in Taxation Determination TD 2016/3 Fringe benefits tax: what are the rates to be applied on a cents per kilometre basis for calculating the taxable value of a fringe benefit arising from the private use of a motor vehicle other than a car for the fringe benefits tax year commencing on 1 April 2016?).

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References

ATO references:
NO 1-ASAX6ET

Previous Rulings/Determinations:
TD 2012/6
TD 2013/7
TD 2014/6
TD 2015/6
TD 2016/3

ISSN: 2205-6211

Related Rulings/Determinations:

TD 2008/4
MT 2034

Legislative References:
FBTAA 1986
FBTAA 1986 136(1)
ITAA 1997 995-1(1)
TAA 1953