ATO warns against copying and pasting claims from last year



The Australian Taxation Office has warned Australians against ‘copying and pasting’ last year’s tax claims to boost their tax returns.

Last year, roughly 8.5 million Australians claimed more than $19.4 million in work-related expenses.

And while many Australians were forced to work from home during the pandemic, circumstances have changed since last year – and people’s work habits and work expenses should reflect this change too, said Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh.

“We know many people started working from home during COVID-19, so a jump in these claims is expected,” Loh said.

“But, if you are working at home, we would not expect to see claims for travelling between worksites, laundering uniforms or business trips.”

The ATO has sophisticated analytical data system analysis which will identify higher claims than expected and claims that are above average for your professional.

Please ensure that claims or based on actual dollars incurred and you have substantiation to prove it.

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