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ATO crackdown on work-related expenses

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 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 bonded 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.

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