Fringe Benefit tax

Fringe benefit tax (FBT) is a tax on benefits that employees receive as a result of their employment, including those benefits provided through someone other than an employer.

The four main groups of fringe benefits are:

  • motor vehicles (refer to the IRD website form more information on how to calculate)
  • low-interest loans other than low-interest loans provided by life insurance companies
  • free, subsidised or discounted goods and services, including subsidised transport for employers in the public transport business
  • employer contributions to sick, accident or death benefit funds, superannuation schemes and specified insurance policies.

Gifts, prizes and other goods are fringe benefits. If you pay for your employees' entertainment or private telecommunications use, these benefits may also be liable for fringe benefit tax

Refer to the IRD website for more information on how fringe benefit tax is applied and calculated on:

  • motor vehicles

  • low interest loans

  • subsidised/discounted goods, services, transport

  • employer contributions