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FBT on car parks

In the past, the Commissioner’s view has been that car parks provided to employees under a license agreement did not qualify for the on-premises exemption and were therefore subject to FBT. However, the question of whether or not FBT applies to a car park now focuses on whether the employer has a right over the car park which is substantially exclusive. So if the employer has a right which is in fact, or effect, substantially exclusive, then the car park will not be subject to FBT.

In a nutshell, the higher the degree of control the employer has over the car park, the more likely it is that the right is substantially exclusive.

Going back a step, there is an FBT liability when an employer provides a free car park to an employee. However, there is an exemption for fringe benefits which are provided on the employer’s premises. This is sometimes referred to as the “on premises exemption”. The “premises” of an employer includes land which owned and leased by the employer.

A recent Inland Revenue ruling (BR Pub 15/11) states that when deciding on the question of FBT, employers will have to look closely at the nature of the car parking arrangement and whether it gives the employer a right to use the car park which is in fact, or effect, substantially exclusive. So a car park which is subject to a license can now be exempt from FBT if the employer has a substantially exclusive right to use it.

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Australia New Zealand DTA enters into force

Yesterday the Government announced that the new Australia/New Zealand double tax agreement has entered into force. This means that both countries have completed their domestic law requirements for incorporating the treaty into their respective laws. The way is clear for the provisions of the treaty to apply.

The application dates are different for different types of tax. The first relevant application date is the provisions relating to Fringe Benefit Tax (“FBT”).  Briefly the Article provides that FBT will follow the taxing rights of salary and wages, thereby reducing the possibility of double FBT. The provisions apply from 1 April 2010, and is slightly different compared with the 1995 treaty position.

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