Taxation Determination

TD 98/6

Fringe benefits tax: what is the benchmark interest rate to be used for the fringe benefits tax (FBT) year commencing on 1 April 1998?

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FOI status:

may be releasedFOI number: I 1015597

Preamble The number, subject heading, date of effect and paragraphs 1 and 2 of this Taxation Determination are a 'public ruling' for the purposes of Part IVAAA of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and are legally binding on the Commissioner. The remainder of the Determination is administratively binding on the Commissioner. Taxation Rulings TR 92/1 and TR 97/16 together explain how a Determination is legally or administratively binding.
Date of effect This Determination applies for the FBT year commencing on 1 April 1998. However, it does not apply to taxpayers to the extent that it conflicts with the terms of settlement of a dispute agreed to before the date of the Determination (see paragraphs 21 and 22 of Taxation Ruling TR 92/20).

1. The benchmark interest rate for the FBT year commencing on 1 April 1998 is 6.70 per cent per annum. This rate replaces the rate of 7.55 per cent that has applied for the previous year.

2. The rate of 6.70 per cent is used to calculate the taxable value of:

a fringe benefit provided by way of a loan;
a car fringe benefit where an employer chooses to value the benefit using the operating cost method.

Example On 1 April 1998 an employer lends an employee $50,000 for five years at an interest rate of 5% per annum. Interest is charged and paid 6 monthly and no principal is repaid until the end of the loan. The actual interest payable by the employee for the current year is $2,500 (50,000 x 5%). In the current year the taxable value is $850 [ (50,000 x 6.70%) - $2,500 ].

Commissioner of Taxation
6 May 1998


ATO references:
NO NAT 96/2491-1; FBT 155

ISSN 1038 - 8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

TD 94/29
TD 95/20
TD 96/17
TD 97/8

Subject References:
car fringe benefits
FBT benchmark interest rate
fringe benefits tax
loan fringe benefits

Legislative References:
FBTAA 11(2)
FBTAA 136(1)

TD 98/6 history
  Date: Version: Change:
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  4 May 2016 Withdrawn