This FBT car calculator is provided by the Australian Taxation Office and determines the taxable value of a car fringe benefit using either the statutory formula method or the operating cost method.
The base value of a car under the statutory formula method is the GST inclusive cost, including dealer and delivery charges and non-business accessories (e.g. air conditioning
and stereo). Registration and stamp duty on transfer are excluded. Note the base value of the car can be reduced by one third after the car has been held for four full FBT years. For example if a car was purchased on 15 April 1998 (i.e. in the 1999 FBT year), the base value would be reduced by one third at the commencement of the 2004 FBT year (i.e. from 1 April 2003) and future FBT years.
When using the operating cost method all costs are inclusive of GST. Deemed operating costs refer to deemed depreciation and interest and are both calculated in much the same way as depreciation using the relevant car depreciation rate and statutory interest rate. Deemed operating costs only apply if the car is owned (including on hire purchase) and not leased. The cost of the car upon which these deemed costs are calculated is inclusive of GST.