Need help lodg­ing your tax re­turn?

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NEED some help lodg­ing your tax re­turn this year?

Don’t worry, the Aus­tralian Tax Of­fice has cre­ated a se­ries of Tax Time Toolk­its, with one specif­i­cally for truck driv­ers.

Each tool­kit has been de­signed to help Aus­tralians in ar­eas where the ATO knows tax­pay­ers are at risk of mak­ing a mis­take when they’re pre­par­ing and lodg­ing their tax re­turn.

The trans­port tool­kit con­tains in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing travel, car, cloth­ing, phone and in­ter­net and other de­ductible work ex­penses like pro­tec­tive equip­ment such as sun­glasses, sun hats and sun­screens, re­strain­ing ropes and union fees.

It also in­cludes in­for­ma­tion on what in­comes need to be de­clared, what can and can­not be claimed as a gift or do­na­tion and keep­ing the right records to sub­stan­ti­ate claims and not miss out on a de­duc­tion.

To claim a de­duc­tion, you must have spent the money your­self and weren’t re­im­bursed it, it must be di­rectly re­lated to earn­ing your in­come and you must have a record to prove it.

You can only claim the work-re­lated part of ex­penses.

You can’t claim a de­duc­tion for any part of the ex­pense that re­lates to per­sonal use.

The tool­kit di­rec­tory also con­tains links to in­for­ma­tion which will help an­swer some key tax time ques­tions – like how to track your re­fund, how to use ATO On­line ser­vices and how to ac­cess re­sources such as the my De­duc­tions tool in the ATO app.

If you would like any more ma­te­ri­als, email tax­time@ato.gov.au.

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