ATO Interpretative Decision

ATO ID 2001/8 (Withdrawn)

Income Tax

Superannuation: Eligible Termination Payments (Payout of Novated Lease)
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Status of this decision: Decision Withdrawn 16 April 2010
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Issue

Whether the payout of a novated lease which was paid as part of the taxpayer employee's redundancy package will be assessable in the hands of the taxpayer as an eligible termination payment (ETP), or whether it is to be treated as an expense fringe benefit.

Decision

The payout of a novated lease which was paid as part of the taxpayer's redundancy package will be assessable in the hands of the employee as an eligible termination payment (ETP), and not treated as an expense fringe benefit.

Facts

The taxpayer was offered a redundancy package by his employer which included the payout of a novated lease. The lease was in the taxpayer's name and gave the taxpayer clear title to the vehicle after the payout was made.

Reasons For Decision

The payout of a novated lease is an ETP, as defined in subsection 27A(1) of Subdivision AA of Division 2 of Part III of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA 1936), as it was a payment made in respect of the taxpayer as a consequence of the termination of employment. The High Court in Reseck v FCT (1975) 133 CLR 45, has said that 'within the ordinary meaning of the words a sum is paid in consequence of the termination of employment when the payment follows as an effect or result of the termination' - refer also to the decision of the Full Federal Court in McIntosh v FC of T 79 ATC 4325, and Taxation Ruling TR 96/13

Subsection 136(1) of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986 defines 'fringe benefit' and specifically excludes an ETP within the meaning of Subdivision AA of Division 2 of Part III of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 at paragraph (k). The payout of the novated lease is, therefore, not an expense payment fringe benefit.

Date of decision:  19 January 1998

Legislative References:
Income Tax Assessment Act 1936
   subsections 27A(1)

Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986
   subsection 136(1)

Case References:
Reseck v FC of T
   75 ATC 4213
   (1975) 5 ATR 538

McIntosh v FC of T
   79 ATC 4325
   (1979) 20 ATR 13

Related Public Rulings (including Determinations)
TR 96/13

Keywords
Bona fide redundancy payments
Eligible termination payments
Eligible termination payments- PAYG issue
ETP components
Expense payment fringe benefits
Golden handshakes
Redundancy or early retirement scheme payments
Vehicle leasing & hire

Business Line:  Superannuation

Date of publication:  4 June 2001

ISSN: 1445-2782

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