ATO Cracks Down On Work-Related Expenses This Tax Season

ATO Cracks Down On Work-Related Expenses This Tax Season

The ATO is warning those submitting their tax returns this year to take care when submitting ‘other’ work-related deductions to claim back, as they are closely scrutinising. If you are planning on claiming work-related deductions this tax return season, you will need to show:

  • That the money that was spent was on yourself and was not reimbursed
  • That the expense was directly related to earning your income
  • That there is a written record of the amount being claimed

To ensure that you remain compliant with your tax obligations when claiming work-related expenses, you should ensure that you have access to all of the relevant information that you will need to prove that the amount being claimed is eligible as a deduction.

Here is a guide as to what we will require from you to prepare your income tax return. Please note that these documents may not apply or be needed by everyone.


To prove income, you will need to give us evidence of the following:

  • Payment summaries for any jobs you have had over the past year
  • Bank interest statements showing interest received
  • Allowances
  • Dividend statements
  • Foreign income
  • Rental property income
  • Business income
  • Any other income earth

Work-Related Expenses 

You will need to provide us with documentary evidence of the following to claim these as deductions:

  • Motor vehicle expenses  (estimation of kilometres if no logbook is kept, otherwise logbook and expense details)
  • Travel (fares and accommodation)
  • Uniforms/work-wear
  • Self-education and professional development
  • Union fees, registrations, subscriptions, memberships
  • Home office costs
  • Telephone, computer, internet fees
  • Details of asset purchases (with the portion of personal and work usage)

Other Expenses

You will need to provide us with evidence of the following:

  • Income Protection Insurance
  • Investment expenses
  • Rental property expenses
  • Cost of maintaining tax affairs

You may also be able to claim a deduction for the expenses that are incurred while performing your work duties at home if you are a current employee working from home. You will also need to have accurate records, receipts and information irrespective of the method that you use to claim (Shortcut, Fixed Rate or Actual Cost).

Accurate record-keeping of all documentation regarding income, work-related expenses and other expenses will help expedite the process of lodging your tax return by us. If you require any additional information regarding what you need to provide in terms of documentation for your tax return, you can speak with us.


If you believe the matters discussed above are relevant to your business, please contact Darren Smith of our office to discuss further.

Darren is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience, including working in the big 4 and medium sized firms before becoming a partner of a city based firm in 2000.

He has gained much experience and has extensive knowledge in providing business and taxation advice, superannuation planning, negotiation of sales and acquisitions of businesses and property development. His client base covers a wide range of industry groups.

Darren works with business owners to grow their businesses and create personal wealth within and outside of their business.

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