tax-468440_1920 The ATO is currently targeting work-related expenses by taking a closer look at unusual deductions and claims that are higher than expected.

 The Tax Office will be looking for expense claims that are much higher than others who are in the same occupation and will be contacting  employers to validate these claims.

When claiming work-related expense deductions, taxpayers must ensure that the expense is related to their job; they were not reimbursed  for the money spent and have a record to prove it. Here are some things to keep in mind when claiming deductions:

Car expenses

You can only claim a deduction if you use your own car in the course of performing your job as an employee. You cannot claim the cost of travel between home and work as it is considered private.

The ATO is focusing on the transportation of bulky tools as carrying unnecessary equipment is not a legitimate claim if equipment is already supplied.

Self-education expenses

You may be able to claim a deduction if your study is work-related or if you receive a taxable scholarship. A deduction cannot be claimed if a course does not have a sufficient connection to your  current employment.

Internet and mobile phone expenses

If you use your own mobile phone or internet for work purposes, you may be able to claim a deduction. If you also use them for personal use, you will need to apportion the percentage that  reasonably relates to work use.

You can read our full newsletter here: Melior Accounting – Tax Matters Edition 20

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