As an employer, it is crucial to understand the concept of Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) and its implications for your business. FBT is a separate tax, distinct from income tax, and is levied on certain benefits provided to employees, their families, or associates. Complying with FBT regulations is essential to avoid penalties and ensure smooth operations. In this article, we will provide an overview of FBT, discuss its importance, and outline the necessary steps for compliance, along with upcoming deadlines.


What is Fringe Benefits Tax?

FBT is a tax paid by employers on specific non-cash benefits provided to employees and their related parties. These benefits, known as fringe benefits, are alternative forms of remuneration other than salary or wages. Examples of fringe benefits include the provision of work cars for private use, gym memberships, entertainment tickets, and reimbursing certain expenses incurred by employees. It’s important to note that FBT does not apply to salary, wages, superannuation contributions, or benefits provided to volunteers and contractors.


Why is Fringe Benefits Tax important?

Understanding and fulfilling your FBT obligations is crucial for several reasons:

  • Legal compliance:
    FBT is a legal requirement enforced by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Failure to comply with FBT regulations can result in penalties and interest charges.
  • Financial impact:
    FBT can have a significant financial impact on your business. It is essential to accurately calculate and report your FBT liability to avoid unnecessary expenses and potential audits.
  • Employee attraction and retention:
    Offering fringe benefits can be an effective strategy for attracting and retaining talented employees. Understanding FBT allows you to structure benefit programs that are compliant and appealing to your workforce.


Steps to ensure Fringe Benefits Tax compliance

  1. Identify Fringe Benefits:
    Thoroughly review the benefits provided to your employees and their related parties to determine which ones fall under the scope of FBT. Keep in mind that some benefits may be exempt or eligible for concessions.
  2. Assess FBT concessions:
    Explore available FBT concessions and exemptions, such as work-related items, to reduce your FBT liability. Utilising these concessions can help optimise your benefit programs while minimising the associated tax burden.
  3. Calculate taxable value:
    Accurately calculate the taxable value of each fringe benefit provided. This involves determining the grossed-up value of the benefit, which represents the amount your employees would need to earn to purchase the benefit themselves.
  4. Determine FBT liability:
    Apply the FBT rate (currently 47%) to the grossed-up value of the fringe benefits to calculate your FBT liability. This amount must be reported and paid to the ATO.
  5. Maintain records:
    Keep thorough records of all fringe benefits provided, employee declarations (where required), calculations, and relevant documentation. These records should be retained for at least five years.
  6. Lodge FBT return and pay:
    Prepare and lodge an annual FBT return, reporting your FBT liability to the ATO by the specified deadline. Ensure timely payment of the FBT amount owed to avoid penalties.


Upcoming Fringe Benefits Tax deadlines

It is crucial to be aware of the following FBT deadlines:

  • Lodgement and payment deadline:
    FBT returns are typically due by 21 May each year. However, if lodging electronically through a registered tax agent, you may have an extended deadline of 25 June. It is recommended to plan ahead and prepare your FBT return well in advance to meet these deadlines.
  • Employee payment information:
    If required, report each employee’s fringe benefits in their end-of-year payment information. This is essential for transparency and compliance.



At Regency Partners, we understand the importance of Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) compliance for employers. As a trusted partner, we are committed to assisting our clients in navigating the complexities of FBT and ensuring they meet all their obligations. By identifying fringe benefits, exploring available concessions, accurately calculating taxable values, and meeting FBT deadlines, we can help our clients stay on top of their FBT responsibilities.

Our team of experts is here to provide guidance, answer questions, and offer tailored solutions to optimise benefit programs while ensuring compliance with FBT regulations. Partner with us to simplify your FBT journey and focus on what matters most – the success of your business.

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