Dining (Meal Entertainment) - Advantage Salary Packaging

Dine-in Meals (Meal Entertainment)

The cost of a dine-in meal for 2 or more persons (referred to as "Meal Entertainment") can be salary packaged. The types of expenses that qualify for 'Meal Entertainment' include:

  • Dine-in meals at restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, bistros; and
  • Catered events (weddings, birthdays, engagements, etc).

Only expenses of your immediate family qualify (must be living in your household). You cannot claim a relatives or friends dining. Do not 'harvest' receipts.

The following expenses do not qualify:

  • Take-away;
  • Coffee, coffee & cake, sandwiches, snacks etc;
  • Entertainment - movies, theatre, theme park tickets etc. Only a meal qualifies, not 'entertainment'; and
  • Dining alone.

Tax Implications ?

Your dining costs can be salary packaged in addition to the salary packaging limit. From 1 April 2016 the maximum value allowed is $5,000 (grossed-up or $2,550 in 'cash' value). The limit also includes any holiday accommodation (Venue Hire) expenditure. Also from 1 April 2016, meal entertainment does get reported on your Payment Summary. This is relevant for Centrelink, HELP and other income tested government benefits.

How do I Salary Package Meal Entertainment ?

Advantage Dining Card - the 'paperless' solution

  • Advantage Salary Packaging Card - Meal and Entertainment

This is the easiest (paperless) solution (it is also mandatory for some clients- check with Advantage). You do not have to collect any receipts or invoices. Rather, a Visa 'debit' card is 'loaded' each pay by the pre-tax amount you nominate (eg. $100 a fortnight). You then simply use the Card to pay for your dine-in meal. There is no paperwork once the Card is set up.

The money does not have to be spent each fortnight (year). However, funds must be spent by 1 April each year. Any "carry over" balance will reduce your entitlement the following FBT year. If you leave your employment, the money is returned.

The Card can be used in Australia and overseas at any restaurant, cafe, pub, club, bistro etc. Wherever Visa is accepted.You will need to use your PIN (issued with the Card). Press credit.

To apply for the Advantage Dining Card, please download the Application Form. The card will be delivered to your contact (home) address within 5 business days of processing by Advantage.

Due to a cap being introduced 1 April 2016, all funds on the meal card should be spent by 31 March 2016.

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