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Providing certainty for the taxation of fly-in-fly-out employees working overseas
Providing Certainty for the Taxation of FlyâIn/FlyâOut Employees Working Overseas
Flyâin/flyâout employees working overseas - and their employers - will have more certainty about their tax liabilities after the Government introduces legislation to extend an exemption from fringe benefit tax (FBT) for travel between their home and work site.
The new exemption covers Australian residents working in remote overseas areas who are employed under 'flyâin/flyâout' arrangements, mainly miners working in remote areas of Asia and Africa.
The Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Bill Shorten, said "The operation of the current FBT exemption for flyâin/flyâout arrangements, which apply for work in Australia, will be extended and applied to Australian workers in similar situations overseas."
The legislation is consistent with an announcement made by the former Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon Nick Sherry's on 1 April 2010, that stated "the current FBT exemption for flyâin flyâout arrangements that apply for domestic arrangements will be maintained and applied to Australian workers in similar situations involving international work."
This amendment will remove the possibility of double taxation of flyâin/flyâout benefits received by Australians working in remote locations overseas. It also ensures Australian workers are taxed consistently, regardless of whether they are working in remote areas in Australia or overseas.
"This extension provides the certainty sought by industry regarding the fringe benefits tax implications of changes to the taxation of Australian residents employed overseas," the Assistant Treasurer said.
This exemption will be backdated to 1 July 2009, when the tax changes to foreign employment income commenced.
Following discussions with industry, the Government has also asked Treasury to develop a discussion paper to resolve long outstanding problems with the income tax treatment of nonâcash benefits that have been highlighted by the changes to foreign employment income.
"This will improve the consistency of treatment of all nonâcash benefits across the tax laws, and remove disincentives which prevent some taxpayers from receiving certain nonâcash benefits."
"These steps are an important way for the Gillard Government to ensure the tax system is consistent and fair for everybody," the Assistant Treasurer said.
18 November 2010