What is the FBT relevance of employee contributions towards meal entertainment?
We are a tax-exempt body and do not elect to use the 50-50 or 12 week register method to calculate the taxable value for meal entertainment provided during the FBT year.
We provided an end of year party for our staff providing them meal entertainment. In order to attend the party, employees were required to pay $10 as a contribution towards the cost of the function.
Do the contributions made by the employees reduce the taxable value of the meal entertainment provided?
As you are using the ‘actual’ method to value your meal entertainment, the benefit provided will be a tax-exempt body entertainment fringe benefit.
The taxable value of the fringe benefit will be the portion of the expenditure incurred by the provider of the benefit that is attributable to the provision of entertainment to the employees. In calculating the taxable value of a tax-exempt body entertainment fringe benefit there is no reduction for contributions that may be made by an employee.
We note that if one of the valuation methods in Division 9A were elected (i.e. 50/50 or 12 week register), then section 37AB of the FBT Act allows for unreimbursed contributions from an employee or an associate of an employee to be excluded from the expenses or expenditure incurred in relation to meal entertainment benefits. The effect of this is reduce the meal entertainment total for the purposes of determining the taxable value.
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