Home office expense claims are subject to the same general substantiation requirements as other deductions – that is, records must be kept for five years.
But in practice, full compliance with the substantiation rules may be difficult. It may be simple to keep a receipt for a printer purchased for a home business, but not so easy to prove the deductible proportion of a specific utilities bill. So the ATO has provided some administrative guidelines to ease this burden. (more…)
There are certain behaviours, characteristics and tax issues that the ATO admits will attract its attention.
But as it is more interested to see taxpayers get things right rather than the bother, and expense, of chasing down every misdemeanour, the ATO has spelled out the areas that most concern it — that is, the incidents or details that are more likely to raise a red flag. (more…)
The ATO has issued guidance on claiming mobile phone, internet and home phone expenses.
It says that if you use any of these for work purposes, you may be able to claim a deduction if there are records to support your claims. But the ATO points out that use for both work and private use will require you working out the percentage that “reasonably relates” to your work use. (more…)