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Fuel Tax Credits Update

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

Fuel purchased for on-road use in eligible heavy vehicles
New rate: 14.2 cents per litre (previously 13.7 c per litre).

Fuel purchased for powering auxiliary equipment
New rate: 40.1 cents per litre (previously 39.6 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.

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.

2016 RSRO is now in place!

 
UPDATE: The RSRT was abolished and this legislation no longer applies. See our post from April 19, 2016 for further information.

At 4.15pm on April 7, 2016, The Full Federal Court sitting in Brisbane dismissed the application for a stay of the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 pending the hearing of its application that is set down to be heard on 9 and 10 May 2016.

This means for now, the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 is in force and parties are required to comply with it.

Please contact us if you have any further queries on this matter.

The National Road Transport Association has today released an urgent request in relation to delaying the implementation of Contractor Driver Minimum Payments.

 

On Tuesday 15 March there was a hearing before the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) and the RSRT has sought urgent submissions/statements about whether the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments Road Safety Remuneration Order 2016 should be delayed so that instead of commencing on 4 April 2016, it commences on 1 January 2017.

 

NatRoad has requested that any owner-drivers or hirers wishing to provide a statement to the RSRT, use this template (your browser should download a word file).

 

Your statement has to be signed, dated, scanned and sent urgently by email to inquiries@rsrt.gov.au before 10am on Monday 21 March 2016.

 

This will be the last opportunity to provide your feedback to the RSRT regarding the Contractor Driver Minimum Payments order.

 

For further updates on this matter, please refer to the NatRoad latest news forum - http://www.natroad.com.au/news/

 

Please contact our office if you have any queries.

Good Morning,

Fuel tax credit rates are now indexed every 6 months according to changes in CPI. As a result, fuel acquired from 1st February 2016 will be subject to new rates:

¬∑         Fuel used in Heavy Vehicles on a public road:    13.36 cents/litre
¬∑         Offroad/Auxilliary equipment/Agricultural etc:   39.5 cents/litre

A full list of rates with expanded definitions can be found here.

Please contact the team at Brown Baldwin if you require any further assistance
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