Salary Package your Meal Expenses

As a result of your employer’s FBT status, one of your great entitlements is the capability of Salary Packaging your private dining costs in addition to what you have packaged as part of your salary packaging limit.

What Meal Expenses can be packaged?

There is some qualification criteria for the types of expenses that can be included. Generally speaking you can include:

Meals & Beverage costs over $15.00 at venues such as;
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Cafes
  • Clubs
  • Bistros
Catered events where the sole or dominant purpose is the consumption of food beverages. Events such as;
  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Engagements

These expenses can only be incurred by you or your immediate family.

What expenses can’t be claimed?

For the purpose of clarity, the following expenses are not deemed by the ATO to qualify to be included as a legitimate expense.

Refreshment type expenses such as;
  • Coffee shop
  • Afternoon tea 
  • Snacks
  • Sandwiches
  • ‘Drive Thru’ or take away food
  • Groceries or bottle shop items
  • ‘Self-Catering’ for functions
  • Entertainment items alone such as movie or concert tickets.

Basically a meal needs to be included in order for a claim to be possible. Entertainment expenses alone do not qualify.

How does it work?

All you need to do is contact us and we’ll guide you through the set-up.

You salary deductions are credited to the card and you pay for the meal expenses on the card, just like any other EftPos payment.

You be given a secure access code to the bank’s system so that you can track your deposits, expenses and balance on the card.

Contact us directly on 03 5229 4200 and speak with one of our expert staff members with any other questions and to start packaging your Meal Expenses.

Once you decide how much to deduct from your salary, we’ll have you complete a form for the bank and then you’ll receive an expense card from the bank.