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The impact of Australia’s Fringe Benefits Tax for cars on petrol consumption and greenhouse emissions

Published on 01 Jul 08 by "AUSTRALIAN TAX FORUM" JOURNAL ARTICLE

Petrol consumption has become one of the most important sustainability issues for Australia. The central contention in this article is whether Australia’s current Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) regime is promoting unnecessary mileage (and use of petrol) in salary packaged vehicles to obtain tax concessions under the FBT “statutory formula method” for cars. This article draws together the results of FBT survey data collected via a questionnaire and from respondents’ websites, which has been analysed by the authors. The evidence assembled generally supports the central contention. We have also reviewed and included commentary on similar studies that support our key claim. The findings are important because the questionnaire responses represent a significant sample. The outcomes of our research provide further support for a call to amend the current FBT legislation and therefore foster more environmentally sustainable car salary packaging polices for Australian business.

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Dianne HARVEY

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Senarath YAPA
PW Senarath Yapa, Associate Professor in Accounting, School of Accounting, RMIT University, Australia.
Current at August 2012
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Dr Diane KRAAL

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