For 2014/15 individual income tax returns to be lodged this year, the ATO says it will be focusing on:
- unusually high work-related expense claims across all industries and occupations;
- expenses claimed that have already been reimbursed by employers; and
- claims for private expenses such as travel from home to work.
The ATO’s ability to identify and investigate claims that differ from the ‘norm’ is improving each year at a rapid rate.
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.