Tax time is upon us, so it’s important to know how to best maximise your tax refund.
If you can wear ugg boots to work, you probably work from home; either full or part time. If this applies to you, it’s worth noting that a portion of your home-running expenses may be claimed as a tax deduction. The expenses that you may be able to claim include the work-related portion of:
If you’re up to your eyeballs in textbooks, the good news is you can claim them – along with course fees, accommodation and meals if you study away from home. You can also declare costs of computer consumables and internet as well as depreciation cost of the computer used for studying. Bear in mind these course conditions:
We’re all familiar with those pesky receipts but these are the very pieces of paper you need to keep if your purchase is work-related (even part-time). As an important aside, purchases made for work up to $300 don’t need a receipt.
Even though you may not need a receipt for purchases up to $300 you must have actually spent it in a way that is relevant to your employment - you cannot just claim $300.
The ATO has joined the digital age and has deemed electronic copies of receipts, legitimate.
As a general rule, you can claim a deduction for any expense incurred in earning your income. Here are some typical deductions:
Don’t lean towards hyperbole and inflate your deductions. Only claim items you can support with documentation, otherwise, you could land in dire straights with the ATO and face penalties.
Even though filling the fields with data from the ATO may seem like a shortcut – it’s not. Without fail, you’ll be better off using your own info as your source data. Banks may pass information onto the ATO as late as August which leaves your data out-of-date. If the ATO highlights a problem, the onus is on you to correct it. Using a tax accountant like H&R Block to do your tax return can help. Our tax accountants undergo the most rigorous training program in the business, so they know how to get the details right and maximise each and every one of the returns they prepare.
The simplest of mistakes can hold up a tax return. To avoid a long wait, make sure you:
Come tax time, avoid ending up in a never-ending game of ‘find the receipt.’ Having somewhere allocated where you file your invoices and documents will make your job easier at the end of June.
Tax is complicated. There’s no getting around it, so choose the easy road and stress less. Pass on all your info to H&R Block and then put your feet up while we prepare your return.
Not only will we get it done accurately and securely, our expert eye can deduce deductions you didn’t even know were possible. In the end, our fees are tax deductible and your return comes with a satisfaction and maximum refund guarantee.
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