The Tax Office keeps an eye on its reported “tax gaps”, which represent the gap between taxes paid, and taxes owed but not paid. Its latest update shows a $1.8 billion gap in corporate Australia, and an $8.7 billion gap among individuals.
The biggest revenue gap is constituted by individuals, and the Tax Office has long circled work-related expenses as a major contributing factor to the deficit.
Work-related expenses often have a small individual price tag, but given the volume of individual tax returns, this compounds heavily.
The following are to be high on the ATO’s agenda in 2019 Financial Year:
Claims for work-related clothing
– Deductions for home office use
– Overtime meals claims
– Union fees and subscriptions
– Mobile phone and internet costs
– Motor vehicle claims where taxpayers take advantage of the 68 cent per km flat rate for up to 5,000 km
– $300 dollar or less deductions without receipts
Last year, other items such as unexplained wealth, cash-only businesses and unpaid superannuation were also matters of priority for the Tax Office.
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