Dust Off Your Deduction Pile!

The new financial year is just around the corner, and with a new financial year comes the familiar hustle and bustle of getting your paperwork together and lodging with a Tax Agent.

We know that lodging DIY tax returns online can seem quick and painless, but it still has its downsides when half of the items you’ve claimed for Deductions turn out to be non-tax deductible.

So to make lodging your return quick and easy, and still claim back all the money you’ve paid in tax this financial year, we at Refund Express are here to help!

For your ease of access and peace of mind, we’ve assembled a simple To-Do list for your tax return. Follow along with the advice below and you’re golden!

 

What Can I Claim for Deductions?

A deduction (by definition) is an amount that’s deducted from something, which in this case is the tax. And to claim a deduction you must have incurred the expense for your work only, or at least partially used for your work if you’ve used your Mobile to contact clients.

However, you legally cannot claim an expense you haven’t paid for, and the result of such a claim can be a penalization in the form of a fine from the ATO for fraudulence.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) has been cracking down on common deductions since the last tax year, sifting through deductions that many claims in their returns that they haven’t paid for, or claimed just that little bit more for than they should. We’ve included the link just for your perusal and ease of access (Check out the link!: https://www.ato.gov.au/Media-centre/Media-releases/ATO-guide-to-the-5-most-common-Tax-Time-mistakes/).

 

General deductions you’ve most likely paid for and can claim:

  • Car travel
  • Clothing (Compulsory work uniform, Work-related specific clothing, Protective Clothing)
  • Self-funded education expenses
  • Mobile Phone
  • Internet
  • Home Office
  • Computer/Laptop
  • Tools (and depreciation for power tools)
  • Stationary
  • Postage
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning

And for a more in-depth look at our deductions, please check out our other blogs!

We have many specifically targeted at expenses you can claim for the financial year, one such blog being: https://www.refundexpress.com.au/blog/getting-your-tax-return-right-for-the-next-financial-year/

 

 What Deductions Can’t I claim?

Many taxpayers are focused on getting the most of their refunds, but they never really stop to think about what they shouldn’t be claiming.

Deductions you cannot claim:

  • Tools and equipment that are more than $300 that you don’t have any receipts for
  • Car expenses that have already been salary sacrificed
  • Meals you purchased when you worked away from home that aren’t an allowance
  • Everyday clothing, even if your employer requests you wear them
  • Self-education expenses that aren’t directly related to your work
  • Phone or internet use that is personal
  • Laundry and Dry-Cleaning expenses that are over $150 that do not have receipts or a logbook
  • Traveling for private use; a portion of the time you had traveled for your own purpose while traveling for work
  • Travel from Home to Work, as it’s termed as private use

 

What Do I Declare as Income?

The ATO terms income as anything from Bank Interest, Dividends, to your usual group certificates from your employer. All incomes types that you have earned must be included and entered in, including your own business income which is termed as ‘Sole Trader’ income.

To give you a broader aspect of what’s termed as income:

  • Compensation and Insurance
  • Discounted shares under Employee Share Schemes
  • Business, Partnership or trust income
  • Foreign income
  • Investment income, which is classed as Interest, dividends, capital gains and rent
  • Super pension, government payments and annuities
  • Employment income
  • Crowdfunding income
  • Economy sharing income (which can be Uber, Air BNB)

For more information on what information must be declared, check out the link below to the ATO’s post on income!

https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Income-you-must-declare/

 

Still Feeling Uncertain?

If you’re still doubting your own abilities to lodge a DIY tax return by yourself, don’t be shy and flag down one of our helpful Tax Agents today!

Go to the ‘Contact Us’ and speak to one of our professionals: https://www.refundexpress.com.au/contact/   

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