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ATO warns over-claiming is easier to detect than ever

For 2014/15 individual income tax returns to be lodged this year, the ATO says it will be focusing on:

  • unusually high work-related expense claims across all industries and occupations;
  • expenses claimed that have already been reimbursed by employers; and
  • claims for private expenses such as travel from home to work.

The ATO’s ability to identify and investigate claims that differ from the ‘norm’ is improving each year at a rapid rate.

Every return is scrutinised and it is becoming a lot easier to identify claims that are significantly higher than those claimed by people with similar occupations and employment income.