Union calls ATO truck driver tax ex­penses changes ‘un­fair’

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THE TRANS­PORT Work­ers’ Union (TWU) has crit­i­cised a 43 per cent re­duc­tion in the amount a truck driver can claim in ex­penses.

The move by the Aus­tralian tax of­fice has the po­ten­tial of heap­ing more pres­sure on trans­port op­er­a­tors and driv­ers, who are al­ready op­er­at­ing un­der tight mar­gins, the union says.

“The move by the ATO to re­duce the amount a driver can claim by 43 per cent with­out re­ceipts was done with­out warn­ing or con­sul­ta­tion and will have sig­nif­i­cant con­se­quences,” TWU na­tional as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Michael Kaine says.

“We have asked the ATO for an ur­gent meet­ing to dis­cuss why this move was taken and to seek amend­ments to the changes.

A tax­a­tion deter­mi­na­tion is­sued on July 3 stated the rea­son­able amount a truck driver can claim for travel ex­penses with­out sub­stan­ti­a­tion was to be re­duced by $42.10 for the com­ing 2017-18 year.

The union says a num­ber of mem­bers reached out ex­press­ing con­cern over the rule change.

TWU na­tional as­sis­tant sec­re­tary Michael Kaine

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