Novated Leasing FAQ

A Novated Lease is a three way agreement between an employee, your employer and the leasing provider.

The employee has ultimate responsibility for the vehicle (as they would, had they purchased the car) but your employer steps into the lease in their place and assumes payment of lease rentals during the term of the lease. At the expiration of the lease term, the employee is responsible for the ongoing payments or refinancing of the residual value.

If employment or the lease is terminated for whatever reason prior to the lease expiry date, the novation ceases automatically. In this instance, the employer has no further obligations under the lease and the employee is able to take the vehicle with them, along with the responsibility for continuing payment of the lease rentals.

A Simplygreen Novated Lease not only allows an employee to package the costs associated with financing a vehicle, but they are also able to package the total running costs associated with operating that vehicle for the term of the lease.

The vehicle running costs may comprise of the following items:

  • Vehicle servicing & repairs
  • Replacement tyres
  • Fuel
  • Registration & CTP renewals
  • Comprehensive Insurance renewals
  • Lease Protection Insurance
  • Auto Club membership
  • Carbon Offsets
  • Car Wash

Simplygreen Salary Packaging has the experience & expertise to budget for the total running costs at the inception of your lease As such, a Simplygreen Novated Lease also acts as a budgeting tool in that it allows an employee to package all of their vehicle running costs into one easy monthly payment.

Fuel – Simplygreen Salary Packaging will provide a fuel card with each Novated Lease vehicle. The employee may use this fuel card whenever they purchase fuel.

Repairs & Maintenance – Simplygreen Salary Packaging has a National Repair Network. Whenever a novated lease vehicle needs to be serviced or repaired, the supplier can deal directly with Simplygreen for payment.

Registration – Your registration renewal will be posted to the registered home address of the employee. They must forward a copy of your renewal notice to Simplygreen for processing 10 days prior to the renewal date.

Insurance – If the vehicle is insured through Simplygreen’s insurance partner, the insurance will be automatically renewed annually for the term of your novated lease. If the employee has arranged their own insurance, renewal notices will be sent to you directly by their insurer. Please forward a copy of your renewal along with a completed Expense Reimbursement Claim Form to Simplygreen at least 10 days prior to the expiry date to allow for processing time.

Lease Term (Years) Minimum RV %
1 65%
2 55%
3 45%
4 35%
5 25%

When you enter into a Novated Lease arrangement, the pre-determined value of the vehicle at the end of your lease is known as the residual value (“RV”). The RV on your lease is expressed as a percentage of the finance amount.

The minimum RVs shown below have been established by Simplygreen Salary Packaging and are guided by the Australian Taxation Office’s ruling on minimum residuals for Finance leases

The employee has a number of options at the end of a novated lease:

1. Lease a New Vehicle – The employee may choose to trade-in the car and lease a new one. The trade-in funds can be used to pay the residual value on the old lease. Please note, any shortfall between the residual value and trade-in value will be the employee’s liability.
2. Re-finance the residual value.
3. Sell the car privately and arrange for the purchaser to pay the residual value. The employee must pay any shortfall between the sale price and the residual value.
4. Purchase the car by paying the residual value.

A novated lease vehicle remains one of the few components of remuneration where an after tax benefit can be provided to you. This is because vehicles are still taxed concessionally for Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) purposes. Under a Novated Lease arrangement the FBT liability is generally charged back to the employee and is included as part of their salary package.

The FBT liability can be calculated using 1 or 2 methods:

  • Statutory Formula Method or
  • Operation (Actual) Cost Method.

The Statutory Method is the most commonly adopted method, as it makes no distinction between business and private use of the vehicle. Using this method, the taxable value of the car fringe benefit is a percentage of the car’s value. This percentage varies with the total distance travelled during the FBT year (regardless of whether or not it is private travel). The greater the distance travelled, the lower the taxable value will be.

The rate of FBT is determined on a sliding scale as follows (valid for leases commencing 1st April 2013):

Total KMs per year FBT Statutory Rate
Less than 25,000km 20%
25,000km to 40,000km 20%
Greater than 40,000km 17%

It is becoming increasingly popular for those employees not taxed at the top marginal income tax rate to adopt the Employee Contribution Method (ECM). Employees have the potential to reduce the amount of FBT payable on a motor vehicle to zero by making a post tax contribution towards the operating costs.

Please Note:

  • The FBT year is the 12 months beginning 1 April & ending 31 March
  • The current rate of tax for FBT is 46.5% (effective 1 April 2006)