Q: A company is
giving travel allowances to employees (taxed), but also supplies them with
petrol cards. These petrol cards are used for private and business travel.
Should they be taxed as fringe benefits? My opinion is that the portion used on
the petrol card for private travel should be a fringe benefit, while the other
used for business travel should be added to travel allowance.
A: In our view
the petrol card merely represents a variable travel allowance per s8(1)(b) ITA
and the amount used by the employee during any month should be added to the
fixed travel allowance under IRP5 code 3701. The PAYE should be determined per
the Fourth Schedule based on the anticipated business use and the employee will
then have to claim against the allowance on assessment by providing relevant
supporting information including a proper logbook.
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