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Tax-exempt Body Entertainment Fringe Benefits

An employer which is wholly or partly exempt from income tax is a ‘tax exempt body’.

Because income tax is not paid, there are specific FBT rules which apply to tax-exempt bodies.

The ‘tax-exempt body entertainment fringe benefit’ only applies to non-deductible entertainment. To determine this, a non-taxable entity has to consider whether the expense would be deductible, if the organisation was not tax exempt.

Cap on entertainment: From 1 April 2016 – a separate grossed-up cap of $5,000 applies for salary-sacrificed meal entertainment benefits, with the excess to be counted in calculating the existing FBT exemption or rebate cap. Meal entertainment benefits will be reportable. See: Enabling legislation – passed 25 November 2015

An ‘entertainment‘ benefit may be any of

  • food, drink or recreation
  • accommodation or travel in connection with such entertainment, or
  • paying or reimbursing expenses incurred in obtaining something covered by the above

For more about what is entertainment see Entertainment Fringe Benefits

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This page was last modified on 2024-04-25