Government Policy Further ‘Motorvation’ for EV Novated Leases
At RemServ, we’re all about supporting our novated leasing customers to help minimise their environmental footprint.
We think it’s something we can all be “motorvated” about.
One of the ways our customers can minimise their impact is by driving more sustainable, eco-friendly vehicles. And it seems this “motorvation” is catching on, as we’ve seen the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) under novated lease arrangements grow in recent years.
This trend could accelerate further with the passing of the Federal Government’s Treasury Laws Amendment (Electric Car Discount) Bill 2022, which includes the exemption of paying Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on eligible EVs. It was created to drive further uptake of EVs and encourage car manufacturers to import and supply more affordable electric models in Australia.
EV Discount Detail
The discount applies to fringe benefits provided on or after 1 July 2022 for eligible zero or low-emission vehicles that are held and used on or after 1 July 2022.
It includes an exemption to the requirement to pay fringe benefits tax (FBT) on zero or low-emission vehicles that fall below the luxury car tax threshold of $89,332 for low-emission vehicles.
These include, battery electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles, as long as the vehicle is first held and used from 1 July 2022.
Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are also eligible up until 1 April 2025. From that date, those on pre-existing leases are still entitled to the FBT exemption up until the end of their lease, so long as a commitment is made before 1 April 2025.
The FBT exemption only applies to the personal use of electric cars operated by businesses – or financed under a novated lease. Because there is no post-tax component to deductions, a novated lease on an EV differs from that of an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Vehicle.
As stated by Federal Treasurer Jim Chalmers, “the cost to employees of entering into salary sacrificing arrangements in order to lease an eligible electric car will now be less than it previously would have been”. Separately, the Government has also removed the 5% import tariff exemption that still applies to some imported EVs.
It’s important to note that employers will need to include FBT-exempt electric cars as a reportable fringe benefit on an employee's payment summary. We recommend you seek financial advice on what impact this could have to your personal circumstances, including means-tested government benefits.
How Much Could the Discount Save You?
Treasurer Chalmers also stated that the FBT exemption would make a $50,000 model up to $4,700 a year cheaper under a salary sacrifice arrangement.
The potential FBT savings could be even higher for more expensive models – up to the $89,332 luxury car tax threshold for eco-friendly vehicles.
It’s also worth noting that electric cars can also be cheaper to run and maintain, making them even more attractive to potential drivers. By way of example, Nissan estimates that a NSW commuter can save $30 a week by switching from a petrol car to its Leaf model.
One of Queensland’s leading EV-Novated Leasing Providers
RemServ are one of Queensland’s most experienced novated leasing providers, servicing thousands of employees each year from organisations across the Sunshine State.
With decades of experience, we know all about novated leasing and the potential benefits of salary packaging a car – and with the adoption of EVs evolving quickly we have a vision to be the partner of choice in supporting our customers’ transition to low and zero-emission vehicles. We have a proven customer service track record, as highlighted by our consecutive Product Review Awards wins in 2022 and 2023 for Novated Leasing / Salary Packaging services.
Have you considered an electric or hybrid for your next car? Give us a call on 1300 303 940 and put our expertise to the test.
We’ll Keep You Informed
At RemServ we believe EV educational information is important. We will continue to work with industry groups such as NALSPA (National Automotive Leasing and Salary Packaging Association) and the Electric Vehicle Council, the national body for the electric vehicle industry in Australia, to provide you with the latest EV updates, including those from the National EV Strategy being developed by the Federal Government.
We hope to provide further updates relating to claiming on home-charging very soon.
If you’d like to know more about the ins and outs of electric vehicles, how novated leasing works with an EV and any other commonly asked questions, check out our website here.
* Sourced from TREASURY LAWS AMENDMENT (ELECTRIC CAR DISCOUNT) BILL 2022
Disclaimer: This website contains general information and doesn't take your personal circumstances into account. Seek professional independent advice before making a decision.