Work-Related Expenses Shakeup
The ATO is currently targeting Work-Related Expenses due to a castigation of excessive claims in the recent months.
Technically, you can claim a deduction up to $300 without having to keep written documentation to back it up. While you can do this, you still need to be able to explain why you can claim these expenses as deductions if you are tax audited.
This deduction category is meant for small, work-related items. Due to its ambiguous nature, dodgy Tax Agents have been claiming items which are not work-related, or just can not be backed up with evidence.
A possible solution to this problem may be presented in the upcoming 2019 Budget in the form of a Standard Deduction Limit.
This system is used in the US, where there is a set deduction amount you can claim on your tax return. In practice this means that individuals will be able to claim a certain amount as a standard deduction, a win for people who do not claim many deductions.
If you have the evidence that you can claim a higher amount, you are able to do so.
This information is not to be relied upon without speaking to your accountant, tax agent or financial adviser depending on the advice.
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