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When using MYOB Tax, the 2018 FBT return must be completed and lodged in MYOB Tax 2018. Once the new year’s tax (2018) is released, you must continue to prepare and complete the 2018 FBT return in the 2017 Tax Ledger, but tag and lodge it from MYOB Tax 2018. This is because MYOB Tax has a separate tax ledger for each year, and because the FBT crosses into the next financial year before the 2017 ledger is rolled into 2018.

The FBT year commences on 1 April and ends on 31 March the following income year.

Special arrangements exist for the electronic lodgment of these returns. Tax agents will have been advised of these arrangements and the due lodgment dates for such returns. Non-agent prepared FBT Returns are due for lodgment by 21 May, unless other lodgment arrangements have been made with the ATO.

When to lodge

A 2018 FBT return must be lodged if your client has an FBT liability for the year ending 31 March 2018.

When not to lodge

An FBT return does not need to be lodged if the fringe benefits taxable amount for the year is nil.

If your client is registered for FBT but does not need to lodge an FBT return for the year ending 31 March 2019, you need to lodge a Notice of non-lodgment ATO form NAT 3094. You must lodge your return with the ATO by 21 May 2018 unless, as a tax agent, you have been given another lodgment date.

If your client has had FBT instalment obligations during the year and did not vary those instalments to nil, lodging an FBT return will allow the ATO to update your client's account to ensure those credits are made available to the employer.

If you pay your FBT by instalments you must lodge all of your activity statements for the FBT year ending 31 March 2018, including the March quarter prior to lodging your FBT return.

An administrative penalty may be incurred if you lodge the return after the due date without making an arrangement with the ATO.

See the release notes for further details of these and other rates and thresholds applicable to FBT for the 2018 FBT income year: