Income tax: if a taxpayer claims a deduction for self education expenses under section 8-1 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997, is the amount of $250 spent, but disallowed as a deduction under section 82A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, excluded from the substantiation provisions?
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1. Yes. The amount of $250 spent on self education but disallowed as a deduction under section 82A of the Income tax Assessment Act 1936 (ITAA 1936) is not required to be substantiated by the taxpayer.
Example: A taxpayer spends $1500 on self education. An amount of $250 is disallowed as a deduction under section 82A of the ITAA 1936. If the taxpayer claims $1250 as self education expenses, he/she must be able to substantiate $1250 with the necessary documentary evidence. Whilst there is no requirement to substantiate the amount of $250, the taxpayer must be able to provide a detailed explanation in regards to this expenditure.
Commissioner of Taxation
onus of proof;