Short cut for claiming home charging costs for Electric Motor Vehicles

The ATO has finalised a practical compliance guideline to address the compliance challenges faced by taxpayers in relation to separately identifying home charging costs for electric vehicles (EVs) from the total electricity consumption of a household.

It sets out a method that calculates the cost of electricity when an EV is charged at an employee’s or an individual’s home. Taxpayers may choose to apply a rate of 4.20 cents per kilometre travelled in an FBT or income year.

Short cut for claiming home charging costs for Electric Motor Vehicles

Fringe benefits tax

If an employer provides an employee or associate with an EV that lead to the provision of car, residual or expense payment benefits, as per this draft guideline, have the option to use the shortcut method ie a rate of 4.20 cents per kilometre travelled to calculate taxable value of such benefits.

Income tax deductions

The shortcut method can also be used by an individual taxpayer to calculate work-related car expenses for income tax purposes when using the logbook method, for a motor vehicle which is not a car, a deduction may also be claimed by calculating the total kilometres travelled by the vehicle during an income year.

Eligibility for making a claim

To be eligible to apply this method, yearly odometer readings, logbooks and at least one electricity bill must be maintained/obtained.

Adopting this methodology is optional, and you can choose to opt-out/opt-in on a yearly basis.

Note that if the short cut method is not used, records of actual costs will need to be kept. This would include an apportionment of home electricity and/or receipts for the cost of charging at commercial charging stations.

The shortcut method is not available for plug-in hybrid vehicles. Records of actual costs need to be kept for these.


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