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09 Aug 2019 Regarding Member 199’s comment on motor vehicle claims

ATO response: 

Thanks Member 199 for your comment regarding motor vehicle claims. 

When claiming using the cents per kilometre method, and whilst the client doesn’t need receipts, they still need to be able to show how the business kilometres were calculated. 

Claiming 5000km under the cents per kilometre method is not by itself likely to trigger a review or audit of a client’s return. Our risk models take into account additional information we hold about the taxpayer both in the current year and prior years to determine if the claims being made are outside what we expect. 

With the implementation of Single Touch Payroll (STP) a greater granularity of allowance data is becoming available which will assist the ATO in assessing risks associated with a range of deductions, in particular when the deduction is in relation to allowances received by taxpayers.  Information on the allowances paid to your clients by a STP enabled payer is available on the client’s Income Statements through Agent Online Services.

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