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60,000 tax cheat tip-offs

Effectiveness of tip-off line has led ATO to dub it “crime stoppers” for tax Tip-offs to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have reached an all-time high with close to 60,000 tip-offs received between June and May 2019 – almost double the number of the previous year. The ATO thinks the number of tip-offs will reach…

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Laundry expenses hung out to dry

The ATO is airing the ‘dirty laundry’ on work-related clothing and laundry expenses warning that it is closely reviewing claims Last year around 6 million people claimed work-related clothing and laundry expenses, with total claims adding up to nearly $1.8 billion. “While many of these claims will be legitimate, we don’t think that half of…

What to expect post-election

Budget 2019-20: The pre-election announcements that are now law The Federal Budget announced a series of measures, some of which were legislated before the election was called. There are no guarantees, however, that any policies or announcements not already legislated will come to fruition – that will depend on the Senate composition determining what policies…

Rental deduction audits

ATO doubles rental deduction audits In the 2017-18 financial year, more than 2.2 million Australians claimed over $47 billion in deductions and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) thinks that is too much – one in ten is estimated to contain errors. 4,500 audits of rental property deductions will be undertaken this year with the focus…

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Dodgy rental property deductions

Tax Office to double audits of dodgy rental deductions Rental property owners are being warned to ensure their claims are correct this tax time, as the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) announces it will double the number of audits scrutinising rental deductions. In the 2017–18 financial year, more than 2.2 million Australians claimed over $47 billion in deductions.…