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ATO gearing up for 2018 tax returns crackdown

By | June 7, 2018

We will see greater scrutiny and monitoring for key deductions in the new year of 2018 tax returns, as Altitude Advisory Partner Kristen Buik explains.

2018 tax returns

We are about to see a much greater level of scrutiny, surveillance and monitoring for key deductions in the new year of 2018 tax returns. With the help of data-matching and analytics, the ATO will focus on work-related expenses as well as rental property claims, specifically new rentals claimed in the coming tax year.

The ATO allege tax payers often ‘over-claim’ when it comes to cars, home office, clothing and laundry. When it comes to preparing your 2018 tax information, ensure that you meet the rules for a legitimate claim.

How to ensure compliance with 2018 tax returns

  • You must have spent the money yourself, and have not been reimbursed
  • The expense must be directly related to the earning of your income
  • You must have a record to prove the expense

There will also be increased scrutiny on the proportion of personal-to-business use in a claim, particularly relevant for small businesses.

One of the biggest areas of concern is claims for rental properties and holiday homes. The tax office will be watching for disproportionate claims of reported income to expenses, specifically relating to interest deductions where a portion of the loan is personal in nature.

Be mindful of the new rules denying deductions, both travel relating to rental or holiday homes and any depreciation on second-hand assets purchased after May 12, 2017.

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