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Fuel tax credits – rate change

On 1 August 2017, fuel tax credit rates increased. Some of these rates also changed on 1 July 2017, due to a change in the road user charge and an annual increase to excise duty rates on biofuels.

Fuel tax credit rates change regularly – they are indexed twice a year, in February and August, in line with the consumer price index (CPI).

Below are the rates for fuel acquired from 1 August 2017 to 31 January 2018.

Eligible fuel type Unit Used in heavy vehicles for travelling on public roads All other business uses (including to power auxiliary equipment of a heavy vehicle)
Liquid fuels, i.e., diesel or petrol Cents per litre 14.5 40.3
Blended fuels: B5, B20, E10 Cents per litre 14.5 40.3
Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) (duty paid) Cents per litre 0.0 13.2
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) or compressed natural gas (CNG) (duty paid) Cents per kilogram 0.0 27.6
Blended fuel: E85 Cents per litre 0.0 10.55
B100 Cents per litre 0.0 2.7

Claims for packaging or supplying fuels can use the ‘all other business uses’ rate for the appropriate eligible fuel type.

For businesses that claim less than $10,000 in fuel tax credits in a year, to simplify your claim use the rate that applies at the end of the BAS period.

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Understanding various kinds of super fees

February 16, 2018

No matter the kind of superfund you opt for, you will be subject to super fees. Understanding how these fees work and the difference they can make to your next egg is vital.

When it comes to superfund fees, there are two factors you need to get your head around; the kinds of fees you are being charged and the rate of fees you pay. Opting for a superfund based on these two factors can see you retire with hundreds of thousands more money.

You should be aware of the various types of fees you are being charged. If you would like to find out the fees you are being charged, you should do two things. Firstly, Google your fund’s product disclosure statement and scroll through to the fees section. You should see a list of different types of fees, with an explanation of what they are, how they are applied, and how often they will be incurred. Secondly, you should log in to your superfund account and take note of all the fees being charged to you. Investigate how closely these correspond and correlate with the product disclosure statement.

If you feel there are discrepancies, do not hesitate to contact your superfund or financial advisor and ask for clarification. It is worthwhile doing your research and comparing the fees you are being charged against other super funds and what they charge. Being complacent and not paying attention to your super is extremely irresponsible; the dividends you will receive later in life for being diligent now outweighs the burden of taking time to be informed today.

Some of the common super fees across the board include:

Another major factor contributing to how much you accumulate in your super account throughout your working life is the rate of fees you pay. Plain and simple, some funds offer much lower fees than other, creating a difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars when it comes time to retire.

Generally, funds are categorised into three groups; low super fees, medium super fees and high super fees. Ultimately, you want to be in a fund that charges low super fees. In saying this, it’s not only about super fees, as some funds have medium-high super fees but also perform better based on investment strategy, meaning you will get more back from your investments.