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SME employees counter cost of living crunch with new Novated Car Leasing and free Benefits app

Leading business management platform MYOB has delivered its first two major feature releases with Flare since acquiring the HR fintech in September 2022. Novated Car Leasing enables significant savings for employees of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs), and a Benefits app unlocks deals and discounts from major retailers.  

Eighty-nine per cent of consumers are concerned about the rising cost-of-living, according to a recent survey commissioned by MYOB. In the past 12 months, 47% of people have taken on additional work, or extended their hours of work, to offset these increases, and a further 13% plan to. Fifty-five per cent of respondents have less spending money now due to mounting costs.1 

Amid rising cost of living concerns, Flare’s newest releases provide unique ways for employees of SMEs to extract maximum value from their salaries, at no additional cost to SME employers using MYOB’s cloud payroll solutions. 

Novated Car Leasing drives tax-effective savings 

Launching this week, Novated Car Leasing allows employees to reduce their taxable income by making car lease payments in pre-tax dollars, and with employers exempt from paying fringe benefits tax (FBT) on eligible electric vehicles (EVs) and associated expenses, novated leasing opens the door to additional savings for those looking to go green. 

“Cars are a significant cost for consumers, making novated leasing a meaningful benefit that an employer can offer. It can save employees an average of $6,000 per year,” said Steve Price, Head of Product at MYOB. 

“Before now novated leasing was a complex and time-consuming process, and it simply wasn’t practical for smaller business employers to offer. Now that Flare has automated 95% of the traditional admin required to set up a lease and service deductions, for the first time SMEs can access novated leasing services that have been available to large employers for years – and can do so at no cost.” 

Big benefits for SMEs with Benefits app 

The Flare Benefits app, launched earlier this year, also offers savings to small business employees. The app can be tailored to suit each business, enabling SMEs to provide consumer discounts from major retailers including supermarkets, to help employees cut costs on everyday purchases.  

“It’s a completely new space for MYOB and we’re proud to empower small businesses to offer tangible savings to their employees on expenses such as groceries, cinemas, streaming services, and department stores,” said Mr Price.

“While consumers will welcome the ability to cut costs where they can, the Flare Benefits app goes beyond everyday discounts. It also includes expert resources for financial and mental wellbeing, boosting the employee benefits offered by SMEs to rival larger employers.” 

Fifty-seven per cent of small business employees said benefits are a top attraction factor when considering a new role, according to a survey commissioned by MYOB. More than half (54%) said the benefits on offer make the biggest contribution to creating a good employee experience.2  

With cost-of-living pressures hitting Australians hard and economic uncertainty creating cautious conditions for business owners, as well as low unemployment making recruitment particularly competitive, Mr Price says SMEs are looking for creative ways to attract and retain talent. 

“Collectively small businesses are the largest employer in the country and contribute more than $7 billion to the Australian economy. Novated Car Leasing and the Flare Benefits app can help them to provide a competitive employee experience.” 

Novated Car Leasing and the Flare Benefits app are available now for Australian employers using MYOB’s SME cloud payroll solutions. More information can be found via the MYOB website.  



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About MYOB 

MYOB is a leading business management platform in Australia and New Zealand, providing solutions to streamline key business workflows, from finance and inventory management, to employee onboarding and payroll. With a core purpose of helping more businesses with 0 to 1000 employees in Australia and New Zealand start, survive and succeed, MYOB offers a richly curated, integrated and flexible platform that enables a business to make better decisions, unlock its full potential and confidently grow. For more information visit or follow MYOB on LinkedIn

About Flare 

Flare is a leading pay and benefits platform. Over one in four Australian employees are now using Flare technology when they start a new job – integrated seamlessly into the leading payroll, HRIS and time-and-attendance platforms. Flare allows employers of any size to offer everyone in their organisation the kind of personal and financial benefits that were once only available to senior executives, available with no ongoing maintenance or fees. The Flare app and card give employers the tools to attract and retain top talent – helping workers to take employee experience into their own hands and make their pay go further.