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13 Mar 15 On work expenses

MEMBER 41 writes:

“We received a letter from the ATO requesting our client review the claim for work expenses in the 2012-13 income tax return.

The letter identifies my client as a law clerk living in a particular suburb in Sydney and according to their statistics of this type of taxpayer, the average work related claim is $1486.

The facts are our client is a senior lecturer at a Sydney university with many years’ experience in private practice, lecturing, presenting papers at conferences, writing books and articles, etc.

Are the computer programmers who wrote this software the same people who have convinced the Tax Office that business can enter business data directly into the Tax Office’s computers and use this information to format income tax returns in future?

We await developments from ATO.”


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