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  • Focus on work-related expenses

    This year we are paying close attention to what people are claiming as 'other' work-related expense deductions.

    Before you include claims for work-related expenses at label D5 this year, make sure your clients can show:

    • they spent the money themselves and were not reimbursed
    • the expense was directly related to earning their income
    • they have a record to prove it.

    If the expense is for work and private use, your clients can only claim a deduction for the work-related portion.

    Your clients are not automatically entitled to claim standard deductions. They need to be able to show how they worked out their claims, so remind them to keep records when incurring expenses or be able to provide evidence on how they calculated their claim.

    Your clients can keep track of their deductions using the myDeductions tool in the ATO app then email you their data for inclusion in their tax returns.

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    Last modified: 19 Feb 2018QC 54582