ATO to focus on 'other work related expenses'

In various publications the Australian Tax Office (ATO) has indicated that it is focusing on 'other work related expenses' in individual tax returns for 2017.

If you include claims for work-related expenses this year, it's important to make sure you can prove:

  • You spent the money yourself and were not reimbursed;
  • The expense was directly related to earning your income; and
  • You have sufficient records to support this.

The ATO has stressed that taxpayers cannot simply claim a 'standard' deduction for other work related expenses, and that they need to be able to show how they worked out their claims, even if they qualify for reduced substantiation requirements in respect of certain expenses.

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