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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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Managing risk in your SMSF

October 12, 2018

SMSFs provide the trustee autonomy and an increased opportunity to maximise your retirement savings. However, an investment strategy must be accompanied by a risk management plan should some of your investments come up short.

Consider the following risk management strategies:

Diversification
Diversification reduces risk by investing in many different assets including property, annuities and equities. By spreading your earnings across several investments you minimise the risks to your retirement nest egg that can occur if one investment suffers a loss or a disappointing return. Organise your target returns according to your asset class and establish the accepted variation range from this target. This allows you to track your investment portfolio and whether it is setting you on the right financial path.

Liquidity
If you tie up your money in assets like property, then you may run short on cash. It is important that you have cash to cover the costs of running your SMSF and in the case of a member’s total and permanent disablement. If you’re also forced to sell an asset to get this cash the market conditions may not be ideal, and you could receive a disappointing return because you need cash in a rush.