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Some of the areas that the ATO has stated it will be focusing on are:

Work-related expenses:

  • motor vehicle expenses for travelling between home and work;
  • overnight travel; and
  • the work-related proportion of use for computers, phones and other electronic devices.

 

Rental property expenses:

  • excessive deductions being claimed for holiday homes (deductions should be limited to the amount of income earned, or to the number of days actually rented out at a commercial rate);
  • husbands and wives inappropriately splitting rental income and deductions for jointly owned properties; and
  • interest deductions being claimed for the private proportion of loans.

 

Cash economy:

  • the building and construction industry; and
  • the restaurant, café and takeaway industry.

 

Contractors:

  • employers misusing contracting arrangements with the intention of avoiding employment overheads.

 

Motor vehicle data matching

The ATO has announced a new “Motor vehicle data matching program” to collect details of individuals or businesses that have purchased or acquired a vehicle costing $10,000 or more in the 2011/12 and the 2012/13 financial years.

It will acquire information from every State and Territory vehicle registration authority.

It is expected that records relating to approximately 2.8 million individuals will be matched.

 

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