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Fringe Benefit Tax

Fringe benefit tax is a tax on benefits that employees receive as a result of their employment, including those benefits provided through someone other than an employer.

The four main groups of fringe benefits are:

  • employer contributions to sick, accident or death benefit funds, superannuation schemes and specified insurance policies ,
  • low-interest loans,
  • motor vehicles,
  • free, subsidised or discounted goods and services, including subsidised transport for employers in the public transport business .

Gifts, prizes and other goods are fringe benefits. If you pay for your employees' entertainment or private telecommunications use, these benefits may also be liable for fringe benefit tax.

Refer to the IRD website (or contact us) for more information on how fringe benefit tax is applied and calculated.