Draft Taxation Determination

TD 93/D19

Income tax: if a taxpayer claims a deduction for self education expenses under subsection 51(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936, is the first $250 spent, but disallowed as a deduction under section 82A, excluded from the substantiation provisions?

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draft only - for comment


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1. Yes. The first $250 of self education expenses is not required to be substantiated by the taxpayer.

2. Under the substantiation provisions (section 82KZ), a taxpayer is only required to retain documentary evidence to substantiate work related expenses claimed as allowable deductions.

3. Even though the taxpayer is not required to substantiate the first $250 of self education expenses, the onus of proof still remains on the taxpayer to show (rather than substantiate) how the first $250 was expended.

Example: A taxpayer spends $1500 in self education expenses. The first $250 is disallowed as a deduction under s82A. If the taxpayer claims $1250 as work related expenses , he/she must be able to substantiate $1250 with the necessary documentary evidence. Whilst there is no requirements to substantiate the first $250, the taxpayer must be able to provide a detailed explanation in regards to this expenditure.

Commissioner of Taxation
4 February 1993


BO UMG0042

ISSN 1038 - 8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:


Subject References:
onus of proof
self education

Legislative References:
ITAA 51(1)