Taxation Determination

TD 97/9

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 for the fringe benefits tax year commencing 1 April 1997?

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FOI status:

may be releasedFOI number: I 1015324

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).

1. The reasonable food component for the fringe benefits tax year commencing 1 April 1997, as shown below, is the result of indexation to reflect movements in the food sub-group of the Consumer Price Index:

per week
One adult $134
Two adults $215
Three adults $242
Two adults and one or two children $242
Two adults and three children $282
Three adults and one child $282
Three adults and two children $322
Four adults $322
('Adults' for this purpose are persons aged 12 years or more).

2. In relation to larger family groupings, we accept a food component based on the above figures plus $80 for each additional adult and $40 for each additional child.

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 years 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, TD 94/23, TD 95/55 and TD 96/25.

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 commencing 1 April 1997 is $322 per week (i.e., $282 plus $40).

Commissioner of Taxation
16 April 1997


ATO references:
NO NAT 95/6880-8; FBT 153

ISSN 1038 - 8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

TD 93/41
TD 94/23
TD 95/55
TD 96/25
MT 2040
MT 2043
MT 2045
MT 2047
MT 2051

Subject References:
fringe benefits tax
living-away-from-home allowance

Legislative References:

TD 97/9 history
  Date: Version: Change:
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  27 April 2016 Withdrawn