FBT car parking threshold changes


August 19, 2019 9:36 am Published by

The ATO has released the Taxation Determination 2019/9, which outlines changes to the fringe benefits tax (FBT) car parking threshold.

The car parking threshold for the year commencing on 1 April 2019 is $8.95. This replaces the amount of $8.83 which applied to the FBT year ended 31 March 2019. The increase has been set by adjusting the previous year amount by a factor equivalent to the movement in the Consumer Price Index (1.3%).

Section 39A of the Fringe Benefits Tax Assessment Act 1986, sets out a number of conditions that must be met before car parking facilities provided by an employer to their employees will be subject to FBT. These conditions include:

  • A commercial car parking station is located within a one-kilometre radius of the employer-provided car park.
  • The lowest fee charged by the car park operator is more than the car parking threshold.
  • The car is parked for more than four hours between 7 am and 7 pm on any day.

There are circumstances where car parking benefits are exempt from FBT. These exemptions may apply to:

  • Employers who meet the conditions of a small business entity.
  • Institutions of certain research, education, religion and charity.
  • Employees with a disability (irrespective of the type of employer).

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