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How to calculate the fringe benefits of VAT on company cars

by , 15 February 2017
How to calculate the fringe benefits of VAT on company carsOne of the most common fringe benefits encountered on modern payrolls is the right to use a company car

Where an employee has the right to use a company car, you must calculate the VAT on the fringe benefit as follows:

  • Where the vehicle is a motor car (not a bus or kombi) and the input tax was specifically denied, the calculation is as follows:
        0.3% x the determined value of the car x 14/114=output VAT payable.
  • For any other vehicles, the calculation is:
         0.6% of the determined value of the car x 14/114=out VAT payable.
  • If the employee pays in full for the repairs or maintenance of the car, the calculated amount must be reduced by R85 per month.
The determined value of the car is the purchase price, excluding VAT and finance charges. Let's look at an example…


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John's employer gives him a company car. The determined value of the car is R140 000. The consideration for the deemed supply of the fringe benefit is R420 per month (R140 000 x 0.3%).

His employer must account for output tax of R51.58 a month (14% of the value of the fringe benefit).

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Fringe benefits include:
  • The company car for the star sales exec,
  • The laptops and expensive business books for staff
  • The long-service award for Freddie, the driver, who's been with you for 15 years above R5 000
  • The drinks and snacks you bought for that big client meeting last week unless provided at the employer's premises or during normal or special business hours
  • The World Cup hospitality booth you're coughing up for, to thank the cream of your crop for their record-busting performance...
If you don't declare the VAT on fringe benefits you'll pay 10% penalties
When you fail to declare the VAT on these sorts of benefits, you can expect VAT penalties of 10% of the fringe benefit amount... On a R350 000 company car, that's no small change!

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