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July 10, 2020

We Bust Common Tax Time Myths

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James Morris
We Bust Common Tax Time Myths

The grape vine spreads news fast, but how do you really know if it’s true? Gossip won’t get anyone far at tax time.  So let’s take a look at what we hear the latest myths are, that are travelling the grape vine. And keep yourself out of trouble this tax time.

Every year, thousands of tax returns require amendment. Some even done by taxpayers on their own returns before they are processed. Half a million individual tax returns were amended last financial year. By understanding a few of the common misconceptions, tax time may run a little smoother.

Here are some tax time myths busted:

  1. Bank details don’t update themselves
    Although the ATO receives information from banks, this does not mean that details of a bank account where a taxpayer wants their refund deposited also updates.
  2. Do not double dip
    With changes to claiming working from due to COVID-19, there is concern that taxpayers will either accidentally or deliberately claim the 80 cents per hour shortcut method as well as claiming for specific items such as laptops or desks.
    If claiming under the shortcut method, individual expenses cannot be claimed for.
  3. Home to work travel is not claimable
    In any normal circumstances, travel costs from home to work are not generally claimable. If you have been working from home due to COVID-19, but do need to travel the office occasionally, this is still classed as a private expense.

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