The Federal Government has passed a new bill to apply a Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) exemption to certain zero or low emission vehicles. Under the pre-existing law, employers who provided a fringe benefit to an employee on an electric car were subject to FBT on the value of the benefit. The Treasury Laws Amendment (Electric Car Discount) Bill 2022 removes the FBT on eligible electric cars provided to employees by employers. This is good news for both employees and the environment. Find out more below.
The Bill applies to vehicles that meet the following criteria:
It is important to note that, as it stands, the Bill does not include full Hybrid vehicles.
The Bill is a win for our customers. By not paying tax on selected electric vehicles up to the value of $89,332, employees save thousands on the overall price of the vehicle.
As explained in a media release by The Hon Chris Bowen MP, Minister for Climate Change and Energy, if an eligible vehicle valued at about $50,000 is provided by an employer, the fringe benefits tax exemption can save the employer up to $9,000 a year. For individuals using a salary sacrifice arrangement to pay for the eligible vehicle, their savings could be up to $4,700 a year. For this reason, we can expect to see higher rates of enquiries for Novated Leasing.
In terms of environmental benefits, the exemption is a wonderful development as it means an increase in low emission vehicles on our roads. The proposed exemption makes good on an election promise made by the Government “to make electric cars cheaper so that more families who want them can afford them, and to reduce emissions”.
The media release also states that the Bill is set to be reviewed after three years. After this period, the Government will review if there has been increased interest in electric cars, if the Bill should be continued and, in what form.
Yes, even if a vehicle is exempt from FBT, it still needs to be reported for the purposes of determining an employee’s reportable fringe benefits for each FBT year. As this amount is used to calculate various liabilities and entitlements, reporting FBT ensures fairness in the tax and transfer systems.
At TFM, we can finance any Electric Vehicle brand. Our Novated Lease Calculator is your one-stop-shop for a comprehensive breakdown of the costs involved with an electric vehicle on a Novated Lease. Simply enter a few details such as the type of car, your salary and estimated KM per year to calculate your savings.
Whether you’re an employee or an employer, the FBT exemption on electric vehicles benefits both your wallet and the environment in the long run. If you would like further information about the Bill and how it affects you and your fleet, you can make an enquiry here.
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