The Australian taxation system imposes financial obligations on taxpayers within Australia. Generally, individuals and business are required to pay taxation and penalties, interest charges and offences exist relating to non-compliance with taxation obligations.


Daniel Smedley

Accredited Tax Law Specialist

Fringe Benefits Tax

Last updated

1 July 2022

Fringe benefits are non-cash benefits provided by employers as a reward to employees or their associates.

Fringe benefits include:

  • interest-free loans;
  • low-cost accommodation;
  • motor vehicles for employees’ private use.

Fringe benefits also generally cover any ‘arrangement’ involving a third party.

If you are an employer, you are liable to pay Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) if you provide employees with a fringe benefit during 1 April to 31 March. As with most areas involving tax, the operation of the FBT system contains several complexities and exceptions.

However, you will most likely be required to pay FBT at a rate of 47 per cent for the year ending 31 March 2022, plus the Medicare levy, on the value of the benefit provided. Because you pay the tax, the value of the benefit is not taxable in the hands of your employees, although the cost is often treated as part of the employee’s remuneration package.

More information about the FBT is available on the ATO’s website or business infoline (13 28 66).

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