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ATO Overturns Meal Allowance

The ATO has reinstated the former meal allowance for truck drivers.

Previously as introduced in July of this year the daily amount available to claim was $55.30.

This has been returned to $24.25 for  breakfast, $27.65 for lunch and $47.70 for dinner.

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Fuel Tax Credits Update

The fuel tax credit rates below have changed, effective 1 August 2017. Different fuel tax credit rates will need to be claimed for fuel acquired before and after August 1.

Fuel purchased for on-road use in eligible heavy vehicles
New rate: 14.5 cents per litre (previously 14.2 c per litre).

Fuel purchased for powering auxiliary equipment
New rate: 40.3 cents per litre (previously 40.1 c per litre).

For fuel tax credit rates lists please click here
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For the ATO fuel tax credit calculators please click here.

Please call our office should you have any queries.


The ATO has released Taxation Determination TD 2017/19 which can be viewed here.
 
Reasonable travel allowance expense claims for employee truck drivers in 2017/18 is $55.30 per day (down from $97.40 per day in 2016/17).
 
If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding these rates, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.

Transport Award Updates 2017/18

This blog contains information on the updated award rates for transport employees.

Road Transport (Long Distance) Award  (downloads a file)
   
Extended version can be found here

Road Transport & Distribution Award (downloads a file)           

Main Long Distance updated rates for 2017/18 are:
Grade Minimum cents per kilometre Minimum per hour
1 39.72 $29.79
2 40.45 $30.33
3 40.95 $30.71
4 41.42 $31.07
5 42.03 $31.52
6 43.25 $32.44
7 43.97 $32.98
8 45.06 $33.80

Major rest break allowance payable when a driver sleeps overnight in the truck cabin is unchanged at $38.43 for 2017/18.

If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding this matter, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.

Fuel Tax Credits Update

The ATO have released updates to the fuel tax credits for heavy vehicles with auxiliary equipment. The key points of this release are:

  • The fuel tax credit rate is reduced by the road user charge for fuel used in a heavy vehicle for either idling on a public road or powering the air-conditioning unit of a main cabin when travelling on a public road.
  • Percentages are now available to apportion fuel used in your heavy vehicle to power auxiliary equipment. The ATO have added to their guidelines that 5% of total fuel used is now claimable when powering air-conditioners in sleeper cabins.
  • The definition of a public road has been clarified as "a road available for use by members of the public."

Expanded information is available below. For further information plese refer to these, or contact our office.

Fuel Tax Credits Update


The fuel tax credit rates below have changed, effective August 1, 2016. Different fuel tax credit rates will need to be claimed for fuel acquired before and after August 1.

Fuel purchased for on-road use in eligible heavy vehicles
New rate: 13.7 cents per litre (previously 13.6 c per litre).

Fuel purchased for powering auxiliary equipment
New rate: 39.6 cents per litre (previously 39.5 c per litre).

For fuel tax credit rates lists please click here.
For the ATO fuel tax credit calculators please click here.

Please call our office should have any queries.

The ATO has released Taxation Determination TD 2016/13 which can be viewed here.

 

Reasonable travel allowance expense claims for employee truck drivers 2016/17

 

Table 6: Employee truck drivers

Food and drink

B'fast
$23.70

Lunch
$27.05

Dinner
$46.65

$97.40 per day

 

If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding this matter, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.

Transport Award Updates for 2016/17

This email contains information on the updated award rates for transport employees.

Road Transport (Long Distance) Award  (downloads a file)
   
Extended version can be found here

Road Transport & Distribution Award (downloads a file)           

Main Long Distance updated rates for 2016/17 are:
Grade Minimum cents per kilometre Minimum per hour
1 38.45 $28.84
2 39.16 $29.37
3 39.64 $29.73
4 40.10 $30.08
5 40.68 $30.51
6 41.87 $31.40
7 42.57 $31.93
8 43.62 $32.72

Major rest break allowance payable when a driver sleeps overnight in the truck cabin is unchanged at $38.43 for 2016/17.

If you have any queries or would like any further information regarding this matter, please contact our office on (03) 5833 3000.

Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal Abolished

The Senate last night agreed to abolish the Road Safety ­Remuneration Tribunal, with the government winning crossbench support to scrap the body.

The government rushed legislation through both houses yesterday with government Senate Leader George Brandis saying the abolition was urgent to save the livelihoods of tens of thousands of owner-drivers.

This means the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 (RSRO) has also been abolished.

If you have any queries please contact our office.

From the 1st July 2016, the ATO is requiring all employers to comply with new regulations relating to the payments of superannuation. SuperStream is a package of reforms designed to enhance the 'back office' of superannuation and is part of the Australian Government's Stronger Super reform.

SuperStream provides a simpler, consistent method for making super contributions, registering new employee super accounts and providing associated data. There are a number of options available for employers to use which ensure they meet the new reporting requirements. These include software packages such as Xero and MYOB, as well as Clearing Houses provided by the ATO, Retail, and Industry Funds.

If we haven't already done so a member of our team will be contacting you shortly to ensure you are ready for the 1 July deadline.

More information can be found here and a video explaining further can be found here.