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30 June, 2022 - 2 min read

ATO Cents per Km Calculator

The cents per km calculator in this article is based on the 2021/2022 cents per km rate and allows you to estimate your business-related car expenses claim for the year. The mileage calculator is useful if you want to get an estimate of your reimbursement for 2021/2022 but it cannot be used as proof that you drove said kilometres. If you are looking for a way to track or log your mileage you will need a vehicle log book instead. One way to do this is by using the Driversnote app to log all necessary information and get your reimbursement for 2021. 

The ATO cents per km rate

When people talk about the mileage rate or the cents per kilometre rate, they generally mean the one used for work - that is, when you use your private vehicle for work and get compensated for the expenses.

The 2021/2022 cents per km rate is set at $0.72 per km driven for business.

Using the mileage calculator below, you can calculate your reimbursement for 2021 based on how many km you have driven for business during that year.

Calculating your car expenses reimbursement

As an employee, generally, you can claim work-related car expenses from your employer. If your workplace provides this scheme, they likely use the official ATO rate, although they are not obliged to do so. If you are reimbursed at the standard rate, you can use the provided cents per km calculator in this article to calculate the amount you can claim based on the kilometres you’ve driven for work.

If you are self-employed, you will be able to use this cents per km calculator only if you get a tax deduction through the cents per km method. If you claim actual vehicle expenses through the logbook or actual expenses methods, you will need to keep track of all car expenses you’ve incurred throughout the year as well as your kilometres. To learn more about claiming car expenses as self-employed, check our guide.

Is there a limit to how much I can claim?

As an employee, generally, there isn’t a limit to the kilometres you can claim from your employer, so long as they were driven for business purposes only.

If you are a sole trader and use the cents per km method, you can claim up to 5000km per year. If you drive for more than 5000km per year, we recommend you use the logbook method instead so you can maximise your tax deductions.

Claiming your reimbursement

While using the cents per km calculator to get an overview of your reimbursement is fairly straightforward, keeping an ATO mileage log can be a bit overwhelming. 

That is why we recommend using an ATO compliant mileage app as your logbook. The app can help you track your kilometres with ease, making sure you never forget to log a trip again. The app makes sure that your reports are ATO compliant and include all the necessary information for your reimbursement. You can generate PDF reports and send them over to your boss or accountant, saving a lot of time compared to other vehicle log book methods out there.

We hope you have found the mileage calculator useful for estimating your reimbursement. Let us know if you have any questions! 
 


What to use this ATO cents per km calculator for

Use the provided ATO mileage calculator to determine how much you can receive in reimbursement for your business driving. To calculate this, you will need the number of kilometres you have driven for business purposes and then multiply it by the ATO cents per km rate.

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