Luxury car tax threshold raised again for electric vehicles

author-avatar By on June 01, 2021
Luxury car tax threshold raised again for electric vehicles

The federal government has raised the luxury car tax threshold for 'fuel efficient' vehicles for the 2021-22 financial year.

The threshold - raised for the second year in a row - now sits at $79,659, up from $77,565 the previous financial year.

'Fuel efficient' vehicles in the government's eyes are vehicles consuming less than 7L/100km on a combined cycle.

The regular threshold also got bumped from $68,740 last financial year, up to $69,152 in the new financial year.

The luxury car tax (LCT) is essentially a 33% tax for the cost of the vehicle above this threshold. 

Since Holden and Ford ceased production on Australian shores, the LCT has proven unpopular, with many industry lobbies calling for its end.

Taxation on electric vehicles (EVs) has also been a contentious topic recently, with Victoria moving to introduce a road-use charge on EVs, while at the same time introducing a $3,000 subsidy.

In the market for a new 'green' car? The table below features car loans with some of the lowest interest rates on the market for fuel-efficient vehicles.

Photo by Dmitry Novikov on Unsplash 


The entire market was not considered in selecting the above products. Rather, a cut-down portion of the market has been considered which includes retail products from at least the big four banks, the top 10 customer-owned institutions and Australia’s larger non-banks:

  • The big four banks are: ANZ, CBA, NAB and Westpac
  • The top 10 customer-owned Institutions are the ten largest mutual banks, credit unions and building societies in Australia, ranked by assets under management in November 2019. They are (in descending order): Great Southern Bank, Newcastle Permanent, Heritage Bank, Peoples’ Choice Credit Union, Teachers Mutual Bank, Greater Bank, IMB Bank, Beyond Bank, Bank Australia and P&N Bank.
  • The larger non-bank lenders are those who (in 2020) has more than $9 billion in Australian funded loans and advances. These groups are: Resimac, Pepper, Liberty and Firstmac.
  • If you click on a product link and you are referred to a Product or Service Provider’s web page, it is highly likely that a commercial relationship exists between that Product or Service Provider and

Some providers' products may not be available in all states.

In the interests of full disclosure,, Performance Drive and are part of the Firstmac Group. To read about how manages potential conflicts of interest, along with how we get paid, please click through onto the web site links.

*The Comparison rate is based on a $30,000 loan over 5 years. Warning: this comparison rate is true only for this example and may not include all fees and charges. Different terms, fees or other loan amounts might result in a different comparison rate.

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Harrison is's Assistant Editor. Prior to joining Savings in January 2020, he worked for some of Australia's largest comparison sites and media organisations. With a keen interest in the economy, housing policy, and personal finance, Harrison is passionate about breaking down complex financial topics for the everyday consumer.

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