Taxation Determination

TD 2005/12

Fringe benefits tax: For the purposes of Division 7 of Part III of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986, what amount represents a reasonable food component of a living-away-from-home allowance for expatriate employees for the fringe benefits tax year commencing on 1 April 2005?

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FOI status:

may be released


The number, subject heading, date of effect and paragraphs 1 and 2 of this document are a 'public ruling' for the purposes of Part IVAAA of the Taxation Administration Act 1953 and are legally binding on the Commissioner.

1. The amounts listed below are acceptable as a food component for the fringe benefits tax (FBT) year commencing 1 April 2005. The amounts result from the indexation of the previous year's food component.

per week
One adult $180
Two adults $289
Three adults $326
Two adults and one or two children $326
Two adults and three children $379
Three adults and one child $379
Three adults and two children $433
Four adults $433

('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 $110 for each additional adult and $54 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, TD 96/25, TD 97/9, TD 98/7, TD 1999/3, TD 2000/21, TD 2001/5, TD 2002/9, TD 2003/5 and TD 2004/8.

4. While this Determination will apply to the majority of cases, it will be open, of course, to any individual expatriate employee to establish a higher level of spending by reference to receipts or detailed records maintained for such period, for example 12 weeks, as would be sufficient to reflect a long-term expenditure pattern.


5. Bob and his wife and their five children (all under 12 years of age) are temporarily living in Australia while Bob is working on a project for his employer (an overseas company). Bob 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 2005 is $487 per week (that is, $379 plus $108).

Date of effect

6. This Determination applies to the FBT year commencing on 1 April 2005.

Commissioner of Taxation
30 March 2005

Not previously issued as a draft


ATO references:
NO 2004/6082

ISSN: 1038-8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

MT 2040
MT 2043
MT 2045
MT 2047
MT 2051
TD 93/41
TD 94/23
TD 95/55
TD 96/25
TD 97/9
TD 98/7
TD 1999/3
TD 2000/21
TD 2001/5
TD 2002/9
TD 2003/5
TD 2004/8

Subject References:
fringe benefits tax
reasonable food component

Legislative References:
FBTAA 1986 Pt III Div 7

TD 2005/12 history
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