The Tax Office is cracking down on 'unusually high' expense claims

Monday, Jun 1, 2015

Employees who make “unusually high” work-related expense claims are under increased watch from the Tax Office this year as part of a national overhaul.

The Tax Office has warned it is better equipped than ever to identify and investigate claims that differ from “the norm” due to enhancements in technology and data.

“These enhancements mean that every return is scrutinised and it is becoming a lot easier to identify claims that are significantly higher than those claimed by people with similar occupations and employment income,” assistant commissioner Adam Kendrick said.

Other claims being surveilled include those that have already been reimbursed by employers, and those for private expenses such as travel from home to work.

The Tax Office has provided three key points to qualify a work-related expense claim : you must have spent the money yourself, it must be related to your job, and you must have a record to prove it.