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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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Expanded super for older Australians

April 12, 2019

The 2019-20 Federal Budget has placed a strong focus on the growth of the economy whilst also having the intention to look after older Australians.

Older Australians will benefit from the work test exemption age being extended from age 64 to 66. The work test requires an individual to work at least 40 hours in any 30 day period in the financial year in order to make voluntary personal contributions.

This change in age will now allow individuals aged 65 and 66 who previously didn’t meet the work test to contribute three years of after-tax contributions in a single year, meaning up to $300,000 can be injected into an account with less than $1.6 million in super (tax-free pension threshold). This adjustment aligns with the increase for the Age Pension from 65 to 67.

Spousal contributions can now be made until age 74, up from age 65, without having to meet the work test. Under spousal contribution regulations, an individual can claim an 18% tax offset of contributions up to $3,000 made on behalf of a non-working partner. A further $3,000 can be contributed but with no tax offset.