Search long enough and you’ll find a taxation accountant who will help you put through a few dodgy claims on your tax return. But be warned, the ATO is cracking down, choosing a group of deductions to clamp down on each year.
This year they turned their attention to work-related travel and rental claims.
Nice try but no dice.
The Sydney Morning Herald has revealed the top 5 dodgiest claims rejected by the ATO since June 30.
1. Vehicle claims
The taxpayer’s car expense claims were disallowed because the equipment could be stored at work and carrying them was his personal choice, not a requirement of his employer.
If you are required to transport equipment to and from home that is needed in order to complete your job you can claim vehicle expenses because you are using your vehicle to transport it to and from work. Pretty obvious. However, if you can securely store your equipment at work then you can’t claim it, as a railway security guard found out when he attempted to claim $3700 in work-related travel expenses for instruction manuals and bulky equipment.
2. Holiday travel
A wine expert who works in a fancy restaurant tried to claim a European holiday including travel expenses and thousands of dollars of wine. He even tried to claim visits to wineries and vineyards as well as tour expenses.
The ATO rejected all of his claims saying the employees holiday was not a requirement of his job therefore not claimable. Probably shouldn't have spent $9000 on wine then.
3. Fake conferences
The claims were disallowed and the taxpayer received a substantial penalty.
The really dodgy tax claims won't just be rejected but you'll also receive a hefty fine, if the ATO proves what a big, fat liar you are. Thus was the case of a worker who claimed to have been overseas for a conference, produced an invoice as a claim and all it took was a couple of phone calls for the ATO to discover the employee was in Australia at the time they alleged they were overseas at the conference. So busted.