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Food allowance while away from home.

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The payroll I have just taken over has two types of meal allowance both the same amounts but with different names.  One is taxed and the other is not.  We pay $80 per day and so I am wondering which of the two allowances has been set up correctly?

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Peeps1407 said:

“The payroll I have just taken over has two types of meal allowance both the same amounts but with different names.  One is taxed and the other is not.  We pay $80 per day and so I am wondering which of the two allowances has been set up correctly?”

 I think the ATO rulings may have recently changed regarding this - perhaps the reason why there are two types. I believe it is taxed that you require: https://www.ato.gov.au/business/payg-withholding/payments-you-need-to-withhold-from/payments-to-employees/allowances-and-reimbursements/withholding-for-allowances/ Also note that some awards affect the meal allowances.

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