Some of the benefits of a novated lease
No GSTPay no GST on the purchase price of your vehicle - saving you 10% on the price of your car.
Save on taxYour car repayments and running costs are paid mostly with pre-tax dollars so you enjoy a lower tax rate.
Fuel savingsEnjoy $0.04 off per litre with your own fuel card.
How a novated lease works
A novated lease is an agreement between your employer, a finance company and yourself.
When you choose the car you want, you then enter into a finance agreement in your own name. Then you, your employer and the finance company all sign a novation agreement.
Your employer will make the monthly lease payments to the finance company, and you can use the vehicle as part of a salary packaging arrangement. With that agreement, most of the lease, running costs of the vehicle and fringe benefits tax (FBT) are deducted from your pre-tax salary. Your income tax is then calculated on your reduced salary, which can increase your net disposable income.
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Common questions about novated leasing
Under a novated lease, you purchase the vehicle and then “novate” the finance agreement to your employer. As a result, your employer agrees to take on your obligations (repayments) to the finance company, and is responsible for all of the agreed vehicle expenses which are deducted from your remuneration as part of your salary packaging arrangement. You agree to "salary sacrifice" a portion of your earnings in return for the benefit of a car equal to that amount. With a Novated Lease, the lease, running costs of the vehicle and Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) are deducted from your pre-tax earnings, and PAYG income tax is calculated on your reduced salary. This can effectively increase your net disposable income as you pay less tax.
Novated leasing offers many benefits for employees including tax efficient structuring of your car expenses (by paying them from your pre-tax income, giving you the ability to choose your own vehicle (as opposed to being given a fleet car), providing you the ability to use 100% of the time, allowing you to move the lease around between employers and giving you the ability to potentially benefit from any profit realised on sale (over and above your payout figure).
Like a car loan, your repayments are fixed and you can select an appropriate term as well as a residual (or balloon) in many cases.
Importantly, under a novated lease, the financier applies an Input Tax Credit (ITC) to remove the GST from the amount financed. This means that your repayments will be lower as you finance a reduced, GST-exclusive amount. Under a salary packaging arrangement all finance and operating costs for the vehicle are known as a "related benefit" and are GST and income tax-exempt.
If you are working full time or permanent part time and your employer supports salary packaging - you're eligible.
Novated Leasing also offers a number of benefits for employers including the ability to provide more flexible remuneration to employees at little-or-no cost to your business, significant savings of time and money compared to the administration of a company fleet and the elimination of the residual-value risk of a company fleet.
As the employer, you are not responsible for the vehicle if an employee leaves, and is not left with vehicles surplus to requirements and vehicles provided under a Novated Lease are "off balance sheet" - neither an asset nor a liability.
There are a number of potential vehicle expenses that can be included in your novated lease including comprehensive insurance, registration, fuel costs, maintenance such as servicing and tyres as well as roadside assistance.
*The repayment estimates are provided by Stratton Finance Pty Ltd. Information is current as at 1 June 2020 and is subject to change. All calculations are based on a 60 months term, 15,000km per year, $90,000 annual salary, Victoria RRP drive away price as of 1 June 2020 and standard ATO residual guidelines. All calculations shown include a number of assumptions and are for illustration purposes only and serve as a guide only as to savings that you might achieve from salary packaging a vehicle via a Fully Maintained Novated Lease. These calculations and illustrations do not represent or replace professional finance and tax advice. Stratton accepts no responsibility for reliance on the calculations provided above.
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