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Are you travelling for work, or commuting between home and the office?

FBT principles comes back into focus for a number of organisations with mobile employees travelling on Fly-in-Fly-Out (FIFO) arrangements. Business related travel expenses remain a topic of focus for the ATO. Whilst the John Holland case[1] and recently released Tax Ruling 2021/1 made significant progress in providing guidelines on when the “otherwise deductible” rule can apply for business-related travel expenses, the recent judgement in the Bechtel case[2] demonstrates that the devil is really in the detail.

Our Advocacy work: Thin capitalisation legislation

In June 2023, legislation containing new thin capitalisation rules from 1 July 2023 was introduced into Parliament. Broadly, thin capitalisation applies to entities part of multinational groups that incur debt deductions (e.g. interest) of more than $2 million for an income year (on a group basis).

New thin capitalisation legislation introduced into Parliament

Last month, legislation was introduced to Parliament that significantly rewrites Australia’s thin capitalisation rules with effect from 1 July 2023, with no grandfathering or transitional rules. The new regime will replace the current asset-based test with an earnings based test that limits net debt deductions to 30% of tax EBITDA.

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