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  • myDeductions

    Our myDeductions tool is free to use and is available through the ATO app. The tool makes it easier and more convenient to keep records of your expenses and income in one place, including photos of your receipts and invoices.

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    Download the ATO app

    To use the myDeductions record-keeping tool, simply:

    • download the ATO app to your smart device
    • access myDeductions from the quick link on the ATO app home screen before you log in
    • step through and choose whether you'd like to use the tool as an individual (generally or as an employee), as a sole trader (business) or both.

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    Record keeping with myDeductions

    As an individual or employee, you can:

    • use the myDeductions tool to keep records of your  
      • work-related expenses (such as vehicle trips you make)
      • general expenses (such as the cost of managing your tax affairs or gifts and donations you make)
    • upload these records at tax time to make lodging your tax return easier.

    As a sole trader, you can:

    • use the myDeductions tool to keep records of your  
      • business income
      • business expenses
    • upload your records at tax time to make lodging your tax return easier
    • share your data by emailing it to your registered tax agent.

    If you're a sole trader with a primary production business or personal services income you:

    • can record your business income and expenses
    • can share your records on myDeductions by emailing it to your registered tax agent
    • shouldn't upload your records to prefill your tax return.

    Using myDeductions at tax time

    Whether you lodge your own tax return or use a tax agent, myDeductions can help you organise and keep your tax records.

    When you are ready to prepare your tax return you can:

    • email your records, to either  
      • yourself
      • your tax agent
    • upload your records to us to be ready to pre-fill your tax return, then either    
      • you can lodge your tax return
      • your tax agent can access the records you upload through their practice management software.

    If you download the ATO app and use the myDeductions tool:

    • Make sure you record your information on a single device throughout the year, because you can only upload once per financial year.
    • Multiple people can't use one device.
    • Don't forget to back up your data regularly in case your device is broken, lost or stolen.

    Remember, sole traders with a primary production business or personal services income shouldn't upload record data to pre-fill your tax return.

    Find out more about Using myDeductions.

    Last modified: 04 Aug 2021QC 52615