FBT Rates

FBT rates are a major risk area for Excel FBT calculators

It is always worth checking FBT rates in your excel spreadsheets as the rates do change over time and there were significant changes in the 2011 and 2012 FBT years. FBT rates 2012 (for the year ended 31 March 2012) are different to FBT rates 2011. FBT rates 2011 were blended because it was a transitional year (due to the 1 October 2012 changes to income tax rates). Its now business as usual with FBT rates 2012 based on actual marginal income tax rates rather than blended ones.

Quarterly FBT rates

These are the FBT rates you apply each quarter depending on which FBT method you are electing to use. If you are attributing fringe benefits to employees in Quarter 4 to lower your overall FBT rate, you have the option of paying at 43% or 49.25% in the first three quarters as an estimation of your final effective FBT rate under attribution. If you pay any of the first three quarters at 43% then you must attribute benefits in Quarter 4. If you pay all of the first three quarters at 49.25% then you can forgo the attribution calculation in Quarter 4 and simply pay the whole year at 49.25% (which can be very expensive).

2015 quarterly FBT rates

Quarter Single rate option Alternate rate option
Quarter 1 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 2 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 3 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 4 49.25% Attribution

2014 quarterly FBT rates

Quarter Single rate option Alternate rate option
Quarter 1 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 2 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 3 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 4 49.25% Attribution

2013 quarterly FBT rates

Quarter Single rate option Alternate rate option
Quarter 1 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 2 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 3 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 4 49.25% Attribution

2012 quarterly FBT rates

QUARTER Single rate option Alternate rate option
Quarter 1 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 2 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 3 49.25% 43% or 49.25%
Quarter 4 49.25% Attribution

2011 quarterly FBT rates

QUARTER Single rate option Alternate rate option
Quarter 1 61% 49% or 61%
Quarter 2 61% 49% or 61%
Quarter 3* 49.25% 43% or 49.00%
Quarter 4 49.25% Attribution
*Note that there is a difference of 0.25% between the single rate and highest alternate rate.

2010 quarterly FBT rates

QUARTER Single rate option Alternate rate option
Quarter 1 61% 49% or 61%
Quarter 2 61% 49% or 61%
Quarter 3 61% 49% or 61%
Quarter 4 61% Alternate rate

Marginal income tax on cash pay rates

FBT rates for the tax on cash pay calculation when attributing fringe benefits to an employee under the alternate rate option in quarter four are as follows. These are the same marginal tax rates that are used for income tax purposes.

2015 tax on cash pay rates

2015 Cash pay band 2015 marginal income tax rates
$0 to $14,000 10.50%
$14,001 to $48,000 17.50%
$48,001 to $70,000 30.00%
$70,001 and above 33.00%

2014 tax on cash pay rates

2014 CASH PAY BAND 2014 marginal income tax rates
$0 to $14,000 10.50%
$14,001 to $48,000 17.50%
$48,001 to $70,000 30.00%
$70,001 and above 33.00%

2013 tax on cash pay rates

2013 CASH PAY BAND 2013 marginal income tax rates
$0 to $14,000 10.50%
$14,001 to $48,000 17.50%
$48,001 to $70,000 30.00%
$70,001 and above 33.00%

2012 tax on cash pay rates

2012 CASH PAY BAND 2012 marginal income tax rates
$0 to $14,000 10.50%
$14,001 to $48,000 17.50%
$48,001 to $70,000 30.00%
$70,001 and above 33.00%

 2011 tax on cash pay rates

2011 CASH PAY BAND 2011 Marginal income tax rates
$0 to $14,000 11.50%
$14,001 to $48,000 19.25%
$48,001 to $70,000 31.50%
$70,001 and above 35.50%

 2010 tax on cash pay rates

2010 CASH PAY BAND 2010 Marginal income tax rates
$0 to $14,000 12.50%
$14,001 to $48,000 21.00%
$48,001 to $70,000 33.00%
$70,001 and above 38.00%

Marginal income tax on all-inclusive pay rates

FBT rates for the tax on all-inclusive pay calculation when attributing fringe benefits to an employee under the alternate rate option in quarter four are as follows. These rates are the marginal income tax rates grossed up as the value of fringe benefits is always net of tax (rather than cash payments which are a gross value). The FBT rates are not an exact gross-up as rounding has been applied in the legislation.

2015 tax on all-inclusive pay rates

All inclusive pay banding 2014 marginal FBT rates
$0 to $12,530 11.73%
$12,531 to $40,580 21.21%
$40,581 to $55,980 42.86%
$55,981 and above 49.25%

2014 tax on all-inclusive pay rates

All inclusive pay banding 2014 marginal FBT rates
$0 to $12,530 11.73%
$12,531 to $40,580 21.21%
$40,581 to $55,980 42.86%
$55,981 and above 49.25%

2013 Tax on all-inclusive pay rates

All inclusive pay banding 2013 marginal FBT rates
$0 to $12,530 11.73%
$12,531 to $40,580 21.21%
$40,581 to $55,980 42.86%
$55,981 and above 49.25%

2012 Tax on all-inclusive pay rates

All inclusive pay banding 2012 marginal FBT rates
$0 to $12,530 11.73%
$12,531 to $40,580 21.21%
$40,581 to $55,980 42.86%
$55,981 and above 49.25%

2011 Tax on all-inclusive pay rates

All inclusive pay 2011 Marginal FBT rates
$0 to $12,390 12.99%
$12,391 to $39,845 23.84%
$39,846 to $54,915 45.99%
$54,916 and above 55.04%

Note that FBT rates and banding thresholds have changed.

2010 Tax on all-inclusive pay rates

All-inclusive pay 2010 Tax on all-inclusive pay rates
$0 to $12,250 14.29%
$12,251 to $39,110 26.58%
$39,111 to $53,850 49.25%
$53,851 and above 61.29%

FBT pooling rates

FBT rates for pooled benefits are applied as follows. You always have the option of paying FBT at the highest rate on a benefit if you choose to do so but using the legislated employee pool rate for benefits that can be pooled can result in significant FBT savings.

2015 FBT pooling rates

Pool 2014 FBT POOLING RATES
Shareholders 49.25%
Employees 42.86%

2014 FBT pooling rates

Pool 2014 FBT POOLING RATES
Shareholders 49.25%
Employees 42.86%

2013 FBT pooling rates

Pool 2013 FBT POOLING RATES
Shareholders 49.25%
Employees 42.86%

2012 FBT pooling rates

Pool 2012 FBT POOLING RATES
Shareholders 49.25%
Employees 42.86%

2011 FBT pooling rates

Pool 2011 FBT pooling rates
Shareholder 55.04%
Employee 45.99%

2010 FBT pooling rates

Pool 2010 FBT POOLING RATES
Shareholder 61%
Employee 49%

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