On 17 August 2011, the ATO issued Taxation Ruling TR 2011/3, entitled "Fringe benefits tax: meaning of 'cost price' of a car, for the purpose of calculating the taxable value of car fringe benefits". It was previously released in draft form as TR 2011/D1.
The Ruling sets out the Commissioner's views on how the following arrangements may affect the amount of "expenditure incurred by a person that is directly attributable to the acquisition or delivery of a car", for the purposes of sub-subparagraph (a)(ii)(A) of the definition of "cost price" of a car in s 136(1) of the FBT Assessment Act 1986:
(a) a trade-in vehicle provided by an employee towards the purchase of a car;
(b) an up-front cash payment made by an employee towards the purchase of a car; and
(c) fleet discounts, sales incentives and manufacturers' rebates.