Home Office Expense and Running Cost

You may be entitled to claim deductions for home expenses including a computer, phone or other electronic devices you are required to use for work purposes, as well as a deduction for running costs. As an employee, generally you can’t claim a deduction for occupancy expenses, including rent, mortgage interest, council rates and house insurance premiums. If you are an employee and required to use your computer, phone or other electronic device for work purposes, you may be able to claim a deduction for your costs.

If you perform some of your job from a home office, you may be entitled to a deduction for the costs you gain in running it, including:

  • for home office equipment, such as computers, printers and telephones, the cost (for items costing up to $300) or decline in value (for items costing $300 or more).
  • work-related phone calls (including mobiles) and phone rental (a portion reflecting the share of work-related use of the line) if you can show you
    • are on call, or
    • have to call your employer or clients frequently while you are away from your workplace
  • heating, cooling and lighting
  • the costs of maintenance to your home office furniture and fittings cleaning expenses

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Leaving the Workforce

For people who are retiring, there are a variety of options for making the change.

Under the change to retirement rules, if you have reached your preservation age you may be capable to decrease your working hours without reducing your income. You can do this by topping up your part-time income with a regular ‘income stream’ from your super savings. If you are over 60 years old, this income stream may be tax free.

On the other hand, you must be alert of the impact this can have on you and your situation. ATO recommends you see a financial adviser, accountant or your tax agent to help you make a decision if this option is right for you.

Employers still need to make essential super guarantee contributions for all their qualified employees – including people who are making the transition to giving up work.

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When you Can Claim a GST Credit

You must be registered for GST to claim GST credits.

You can maintain a credit for any GST included in the price you pay for things that you use in your business. This is called a GST credit (or input-tax credit, a credit for the tax included in the price of your business inputs).

You claim GST credits in your activity statement.

You can claim GST credits if the following four conditions apply:

  • you aim to use your purchase solely or partly in carrying on your business and the purchase does not communicate to making input-taxed supplies
  • the purchase price included GST
  • you provide, or are liable to provide, payment for the item you purchased
  • You have a tax invoice from your supplier (for purchases more than $82.50).

You cannot claim a GST credit:

  • without a valid tax invoice
  • for purchases that do not have GST in the price
  • for wages you pay to staff (there is no GST on wages)
  • For motor vehicles priced above a certain limit.

Goods and services that don’t have GST in their price include:

  • GST-free items (such as basic foods)
  • Input-taxed items (such as bank fees and loan interest)
  • Purchases from a business that is not registered for GST (and therefore cannot charge GST).

When you can’t claim GST credit

You also cannot maintain GST credits for the following, even if GST is included in the price:

  • purchases you intend to use for private or domestic purposes
  • purchases you intend to use to make input-taxed supplies, such as those associated with providing residential accommodation
  • some purchases that you can’t claim as an income tax deduction, such as entertainment expenses
  • Land purchases under the margin scheme.

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Senior Australians – Tax Offsets

Mature age workers, seniors and pensioners may be eligible for tax offsets. If you are a short income earner, you may be entitled for an offset and, if your medical expenses pass the threshold limit, you may be entitled for the medical expenses tax offset too. You may also be eligible for an offset if you receive earnings from a superannuation income stream

If you are a Senior Australian, you may be entitled for the seniors and pensioners tax offset.

The seniors and pensioners tax offset (SAPTO) can decrease the amount of tax you are liable to pay. In some cases, this offset may reduce your tax liability to zero and you may not have to lodge a tax return.

To be eligible for this tax offset, you have to meet certain conditions connecting to your income and eligibility for an Australian Government pension.

If you are a senior, you must meet the age requirement for the Age pension to be eligible for the offset.

In some cases, you may also be able to move your eligible spouse’s unused SAPTO to you. We calculate their transfer amount available and include this amount when calculating your SAPTO.

If you have reached the age pension age, the seniors and pensioners tax offset lets you earn more money before you must pay tax or the Medicare levy. There are a range of eligibility circumstances which relate to age, income, and eligibility for Australian government pensions or allowances.

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Claim Deductions For Some Expenses

When applying for tax return, you’re allowed to claim deductions for some expenses, most of which are directly related to earning your income.

Here is a list of common work-related expenses that may be able to be claimed, depending on your situation.

  • formal education courses provided by professional associations
  • seminars
  • journals, magazines, books
  • conferences or education workshops
  • tools and equipment
  • union fees
  • overtime meals
  • protective items such as sunscreen and sunglasses
  • computers and software
  • telephone and home office expenses, and
  • premiums on income protection insurance

To claim a work-related deduction:

  • you must have spent the money yourself and weren’t reimbursed
  •  Must be related to your job
  • For prove, person must have record of expenses.

If the cost was for both work and private purposes, you can only claim a deduction for the work-related section.

Income tax is paid on money you receive, such as salary and wages, Centrelink payments, investment income from rent, interest and dividends, and profits from selling shares or property.

You can cut the amount of tax you pay by claiming certain deductions that are directly connected to earning your profits.

When completing your tax return, you’re entitled to claim deductions for some expenses, most of which are straight related to earning your income.

To claim a work-related deduction:

  • you must have spent the money yourself and weren’t reimbursed
  • it must be connected to your job
  • you must have a record to prove it (there are some limited exceptions)

If the expense was for both work and private purposes, you can only claim a deduction for the work-related portion.

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Calculate Your Car Expenses

Cents per kilometre method

  • Your claim is based on a set rate for each business kilometre.
  • You can claim a maximum of 5,000 business kilometres.
  • You don’t need written evidence but you need to be able to show how you worked out your business kilometres (for example, by producing diary records of work-related trips).

Where you and another joint owner use the car for separate income-producing purposes, you can both claim up to a maximum of 5,000 kilometres

One-third of actual expenses method

  • Your car must have travelled more than 5,000 business kilometres in the income year (or, if you used the car for only part of the year, it would have travelled more than 5,000 business kilometres had you used it for the whole year).
  • You claim one-third of all your car expenses, including private costs (but excluding capital costs, such as the purchase price, the principal on any money borrowed to buy your car and the cost of any improvements).
  • For fuel and oil costs, you can keep receipts to work out the amounts or you can estimate them based on odometer records that show readings from the start and the end of the period you had the car during the year.
  • You need written evidence for all the other expenses for the car, as well as records that show the car’s engine capacity, make, model and registration number.

As a joint owner, you can deduct one-third of your share of jointly incurred expenses and depreciation, and one-third of expenses wholly incurred by you.

Other travel expenses

Other travel expenses you may be able to claim include:

  • travel expenses you incurred for meals, accommodation and incidentals while away overnight for work, such as going to an interstate work conference (generally, you can’t claim for meals if your travel did not involve an overnight stay)
  • the costs you actually incur (such as fuel costs) when using a borrowed car or a vehicle other than a car for work purposes
  • air, bus, train, tram and taxi fares
  • Car-hire fees.

You may have to show that you have reduced your claim to exclude any private portion of your trip.

Logbook method

  • Your claim is based on the business-use percentage of the expenses for the car.
  • Expenses include running costs and decline in value but not capital costs, such as the purchase price of your car, the principal on any money borrowed to buy it and any improvement costs.
  • To work out your business-use percentage, you need a logbook and the odometer readings for the logbook period.
  • You can claim fuel and oil costs based on either your actual receipts or you can estimate the expenses based on odometer records that show readings from the start and the end of the period you had the car during the year.
  • You need written evidence for all other expenses for the car.

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Funding Arrangements – Tax Refund On Spot

The funding arrangements for higher education students in 2018 will remain the same as in 2017. The Government is seeking to create a higher education system that is higher in quality, more accessible, more competitive and more sustainable. The Minister for Education and Training has been consulting with the higher education community on possible reforms and has released a policy options paper to facilitate further discussions.

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Temporary Budget Repair Levy

As part of the 2014-15 Federal budget the Government introduced a Temporary Budget Repair Levy. Individual taxpayers with a taxable income of more than $180,000 per year will have had additional tax withheld by their employer, starting from 1 July 2014.The levy is payable at a rate of 2 per cent of each dollar of a taxpayer’s taxable income over $180,000. It applies to both residents and non-residents from 1 July 2014 and applies to the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 income years. In some cases the levy is payable even if you have a taxable income of $180,000 or less. If the levy applies to your income, it will generally appear on your Notice of Assessment you receive after you lodge your 2018 tax return.

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Illegal Super Schemes – Beware of Offers to Withdraw Your Super Early

Have you ever been offered help to withdraw your superannuation early? Generally, you cannot access your super until you retire.

Some people promoting illegal super schemes will tell you that they can help you access your super now to pay off credit card debt, buy a house or car, or go on holiday.

These schemes are illegal. They will cost you a lot more than the super you access and may get you into a lot of trouble.

How illegal super schemes operate

Illegal super schemes usually involve someone offering to help you access your super early.

Promoters of illegal super schemes usually:

Illegal super schemes often target people who are under financial pressure or who do not understand the super laws.

Taking your super out from any super fund early without meeting what is called a ‘condition of release’, or encouraging others to do so, is illegal.

Illegal super schemes may lead to identity theft

If you participate in one of these schemes, you may become a victim of identity theft. Identity theft happens when someone uses your personal details to commit fraud or other crimes.

Once your identity has been stolen and misused, it can take years to fix.

Rollovers to an SMSF

Most illegal super schemes require you to transfer your super from your super fund into an SMSF. This can be called a ‘rollover’.

Printed copies of this information are available from ato.gov.au/publications (/publications)

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