LAFHA for 2019/2020

April 29, 2020

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has issued the latest Living Away From Home Allowance (LAFHA) rates for the 2019/2020 FBT Year. The new rates for the FBT year ending 31st March 2020 for reasonable food and drink- within Australia are: 

$ Per Week
One adultTwo adultsThree adultsOne adult and one childTwo adults and one childTwo adults and two childrenTwo adults and three childrenThree adults and one childThree adults and two childrenFour adults$269$404$539$337$472$540$608$607$675$674
Each additional childEach additional adult$68$135

Other expenses that can be claimed under LAFHA include:

• Travel expenses from your permanent residence to your new (temporary) location. This includes flights,
transport, meals and accommodation costs based on receipts. Please note: Travel expenses can only be
claimed at the start of the contract and again at the conclusion of the contract.

• Connection or reconnection of gas, electricity and telephone services to your new home so long as you
had these connected at your permanent home.

• Temporary accommodation at the permanent location up to 21 days.

• The costs of removal, storage, packing, unpacking and insurance of household effects, including pets.

Note: LAFHA is limited to a period of 12 months per work location. It is important to know that you are
held liable if you are audited by the ATO and the information that you provided to PayMe was not true.

Please visit our website to request further information about LAFHA. https://www.payme.com.au/lafha/ or head to the source, the ATO, at https://www.ato.gov.au/rates/fbt/