ATO’s focus on work-related expenses
This year, the ATO is paying close attention to what people are claiming as ‘other’ work-related expense deductions, so it’s important when taxpayers claim these expenses that they have records to show:
- they spent the money themselves and were not reimbursed;
- the expense was directly related to earning their income; and
- they have a record to prove it.
If the expense is for work and private use, the taxpayer can only claim a deduction for the work-related portion.
Importantly, taxpayers are not automatically entitled to claim standard deductions, but need to be able to show how they worked out their claims.
Editor: ‘Other’ work related expenses are expenses incurred by employees in relation to their work that are not for travel, clothing or self-education, such as home office expenses.