The luxury car tax (“LCT”) applies to supplies of “luxury cars” which are over the luxury car tax threshold price.
LCT is effectively only payable on new cars and used demonstrator vehicles less than 2 years old. If LCT has already been paid on the vehicle, a credit is allowable.
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The luxury car tax rate is 33%.
- LCT is determined on the car’s price which includes GST but excludes government fees and charges such as stamp duty, registration & CTP. The “price” does not include finance charges – see LCTD 2014/1
- The LCT applies in addition to GST. It is determined by taking the GST inclusive excess of the price over the threshold, and then excluding GST on that excess amount before applying the tax percentage. The calculated LCT is then reduced by the amount of LCT already paid (if any).
The LCT only applies to supplies by entities registered for GST (typically a car dealership or importer), on vehicles less than 2 years old.News: Deferral of GST (and therefore the associated LCT) is available in respect of a 3rd party vehicle incentive payment received or invoiced before the supply of the vehicle to the customer – i.e. before the total consideration for the taxable supply of the motor vehicle is known. The deferral is until the tax period in which the consideration is known. Authority for the deferral is provided by a Legislative Instrument which takes effect from 1 January 2015. See Explanatory Statement here.
What is a ‘luxury car’?
A ‘luxury car’ is a motor vehicle with a carrying capacity of less than 2 tonnes and 9 passengers. It includes four wheel drives, passenger cars, station wagons, light trucks, limousines (regardless of the number of passengers).
A ‘luxury car’ does not include trucks and vans designed to carry a load of more than two tonnes, vehicles such as buses, designed to carry nine or more passengers, motorcycles or similar vehicles, unregistered racing and rally cars, prescribed emergency vehicles, cars more than 2 years old, campervans and mobile homes.
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- Fuel efficient cars are vehicles with fuel consumption below 7 litres per 100 kms. For fuel consumption ratings, use the Dept Environment Green Vehicle Guide
- Deferrals of LCT payment are available for eligible dealers and importers.
- Eligible primary producers and tourism operators can within limits obtain refunds of LCT up to a maximum of $3,000.
- The LCT collection and payment processes are administered through the GST and BAS returns systems at the ATO (see further info below).
GST on Luxury Cars
Generally, the maximum amount of GST credit available is one-eleventh of the non-fuel efficient car limit (whether or not the car is fuel efficient). No GST credit applies to any part of the Luxury Car Tax, regardless of business use.
Exceptional circumstances in which a full GST credit may be claimed, include:
- car held as trading stock (other than hire or lease)
- you carry out research and development for the car manufacturer
- emergency vehicle
- non-passenger (principle purpose) commercial vehicles
- motor home or camper van
- fitted out for wheelchair disabled (unless acquired GST-free)
- vehicle lease payments (to the extent of GST included)
- Luxury Car Tax Exemptions
- Luxury Car Tax – How To Complete Your Bas Statement
- Luxury Car Tax Explained
- ATO – GST and motor vehicles.
This page was last modified 2018-07-26