Payroll Q&A ‘ Treatment of cents per KM car allowance in excess of 5000kms
An organsation pays cents per KM car allowances in relation to business travel – what is required re PAYG Withholding and Payment Summary reporting?
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Our organisation pays cents per KM car allowances in relation to business travel – we pay at a cents per KM rate above the ATO approved rate of 66 cents and the employees claim more than 5000kms per annum – what is required re PAYG Withholding and Payment Summary reporting?
|The ATO position is set out at https://www.ato.gov.au/Business/PAYG-withholding/Payments-you-need-to-withhold-from/Payments-to-employees/Allowances-and-reimbursements/Withholding-for-allowances/
The position for all situations is shown below.
In the situation in question the outcome is:
Allowance re 0-5,000KMs:
Withholding required on the excess of the cents per KM rate paid less 66 cents per KM.
Allowance re +5,000KMs:
Withholding required on full payment for KM’s in excess of 5,000.
In both cases the full allowance should be reported on the Payment Summary and Superannuation Guarantee is not applicable.
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