Fringe benefits tax: for the purposes of Division 7 of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 ('FBTAA'), what amount represents a reasonable food component of a living-away-from-home allowance for expatriate employees?
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FOI status:may be releasedFOI number: I 1014637
|This Determination, to the extent that it is capable of being a 'public ruling' in terms of Part IVAAA of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 , is a public ruling for the purposes of that Part. Taxation Ruling TR 92/1 explains when a Determination is a public ruling and how it is binding on the Commissioner. Unless otherwise stated, this Determination applies to years commencing both before and after its date of issue. However, this Determination does not apply to taxpayers to the extent that it conflicts with the terms of a settlement of a dispute agreed to before the date of issue of the Determination (see paragraphs 21 and 22 of Taxation Ruling TR 92/20).|
|Two adults and one or two children||$224|
|Two adults and three children||$262|
|Three adults and one child||$262|
|Three adults and two children||$299|
('Adults' for this purpose are persons aged 12 years or more).
3. This Determination is intended to be read in conjunction with Taxation Ruling MT 2040. MT 2040 sets out the amounts that represent a reasonable food component of living-away-from-home allowances received by expatriate employees during their term of employment in Australia for the FBT year ended 31 March 1987 and 1988. Indexed amounts for subsequent years are provided in MT 2043, MT 2045, MT 2047, MT 2051, TD 93/41 and TD 94/23.
4. Changes to Division 7 of the FBTAA presently before Parliament in Taxation Laws Amendment (FBT Cost of Compliance) Bill 1995, propose that the Commissioner will be required to determine the amount that is the 'reasonable food component' of a living-away-from-home allowance which will apply to all such allowances. As an assistance to employers in their business planning, the Commissioner has determined that if such changes are enacted the above amounts will apply for the relevant period of the year ending 31 March 1996.
Example: Bill and his wife and four children are temporarily living in Australia while Bill is working on a project for his employer (an overseas company). Bill is in receipt of a living-away-from-home allowance. The amount that is considered to be a reasonable food component of the allowance for the year ended 31 March 1996 is $298 per week (i.e., $262 plus $36).
Commissioner of Taxation
NO FBT Cell 30\153; NAT 95/6880-8
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