Luxury Car Tax Determination

LCTD 2017/1

Luxury car tax: what is the luxury car tax threshold and the fuel-efficient car limit for 2017-18 financial year?

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Ruling

1. The luxury car tax (LCT) threshold and the fuel-efficient car limit are determined in accordance with Division 25 of the A New Tax System (Luxury Car Tax) Act 1999 (LCT Act).

2. The luxury car tax threshold for the 2017-18 financial year is $65,094.

3. The fuel-efficient car limit for the 2017-18 financial year is $75,526.

Luxury car tax threshold

4. The LCT threshold is indexed annually according to a factor to be determined by Parliament or, if such a factor is not determined by Parliament, indexed annually in accordance with movements in the All Groups Consumer Price Index (All Groups CPI).[1]

5. Parliament has not determined an indexation factor, so for the 2017-18 financial year the LCT threshold will be indexed in accordance with movements in the All Groups CPI unless the indexation factor is 1 or less.[2]

6. The indexation factor for the 2017-18 financial year is the sum of the index numbers for 2016-17, divided by the sum of the index numbers for 2015-16. Therefore, the All Group CPI indexation factor (rounded to three decimal places) for the 2017-18 financial year[3] is:

(438.5 / 432.1) = 1.015

7. The All Group CPI indexation factor for 2017-18 financial year is greater than 1 and therefore the luxury car tax threshold will be indexed.

8. The luxury car tax threshold for the 2017-18 financial year is:

$64,132 x 1.015 = $65,094

Fuel-efficient car limit

9. The fuel-efficient car limit is indexed annually in line with movements in the motor vehicle purchase sub-group of the CPI,[4] unless the indexation factor is 1 or less.[5]

10. The indexation factor for the 2017-18 financial year is the sum of the index numbers for 2016-17, divided by the sum of the index numbers for 2015-16. Therefore, the motor vehicle CPI indexation factor (rounded to three decimal places) for the 2017-18 financial year[6] is:

(376.7 / 382.7) = 0.984

11. As the motor vehicle CPI indexation factor for the 2017-18 financial year is less than 1 and therefore the fuel-efficient car limit will not be indexed.

12. The fuel efficient car limit for the 2017-18 financial year remains at $75,526.

Date of effect

13. The Determination applies to the financial year commencing 1 July 2017.

Commissioner of Taxation
31 May 2017

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Footnotes


Refer subsection 25-1(3A) of the LCT Act. This limit is indexed annually in accordance with the CPI indexation method provided by Subdivision 960-M of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997).


Subsection 960-270(2) of the ITAA 1997.


Motor vehicle purchase sub-group of the CPI (sourced from ABS Catalogue 6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, April 2017, Table 09)


Refer subsection 25-1(5) of the LCT Act. This limit is indexed annually in accordance with the CPI indexation method provided by Subdivision 960-M of the ITAA 1997.


Subsection 960-270(2) of the ITAA 1997.


Motor vehicle purchase sub-group of the CPI (sourced from ABS Catalogue 6401.0 - Consumer Price Index, Australia, April 2017, Table 09).

Not previously issued as a draft

References

ATO references:
NO 1-B8FKLHA

Previous Rulings/Determinations:
LCTD 2012/1
LCTD 2013/1
LCTD 2014/2
LCTD 2015/1
LCTD 2016/1

ISSN: 2205-7307

Legislative References:
ANTS(LCT)A 1999
ANTS(LCT)A 1999 Div 25
ANTS(LCT)A 1999 25-1(3A)
ANTS(LCT)A 1999 25-1(5)
ITAA 1997
ITAA 1997 Subdiv 960-M
ITAA 1997 960-270(2)