FAQ: What changes were made to the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) & Novated Leases in July 2013?

What changes were made to the Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) & Novated Leases in July 2013?

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On July 16th 2013, the Federal Government made changes to Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) concessions for salary-sacrificed and employer-provided vehicles. This change removes the statutory method used to determine FBT liability. The cut is estimated to be worth $1.8 billion and will directly affect the viability of a novated lease as a tax-effective method of financing a car for many employees.

Note: At the time of writing, the changes still require legislative amendments and are likely to be the subject of a level of consultation (including submissions) and debate in Parliament.