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News and Announcements

21 December 2022
Here’s to a happy and safe holiday season from Smartgroup

In this end of year wrap, you’ll find more information about our holiday opening hours, how salary packaging can help minimise cost of living pressures these holidays, the many ways we’re giving back to the community through the Smartgroup Foundation and some exciting developments for the electric vehicle (EV) market.

2022 holiday opening hours

To assist with any enquiries you have during the festive season, our offices will be open during the following period:

Friday 23 December | 8am - 6:30pm (AEDT)
Wednesday 28 -  Friday 30 December | 9am - 5pm (AEDT)
Tuesday 3 January onwards | Normal hours resume 

Please note: We are closed on national public holidays.

Exciting changes with electric vehicles (EVs)

The Federal Government has introduced the Electric Car Discount Bill to take effect for all eligible new EVs purchased after 1 July 2022, or for second hand EVs first registered after 1 July 2022. This policy helps reduce the cost of purchasing an EV.

What this means

The discounts will be available to all-electric vehicles below the luxury car tax threshold ($84,916 in 2022-23). Any applicable import tax has been removed. The exemption from FBT applies to electric cars financed under a novated lease. Find out more here.

Many ways to save and combat cost of living pressures

Are you supporting your employees to make the most of their salary packaging benefits this holiday season? Salary packaging the maximum amount allowed each Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) year means your employees are making the most of their benefits and not missing out on any potential tax savings. Get in touch with us today to find out more, or head online to explore our wide range of benefits here.

Supporting the community through Smartgroup Foundation

We’re committed to positively contributing to the communities in which we live through the Smartgroup Foundation. This year, we’re proud to have supported some incredible causes, including Queensland based charity, Baby Give Back. It's a charity dedicated to helping create a fresh start for vulnerable families such as those impacted by domestic and family violence. They provide practical items such as a safe sleep space, clothing, toiletries, toys and books.

Read more about the Smartgroup Foundation and see our full list of 2022 grant recipients here.

As we draw curtains on 2022, we’d like to wish you happy holidays. To our clients and customers, we look forward to continuing our support of your salary packaging needs in the new year. Stay safe these holidays!