Deductions under ATO review

The ATO has warned taxpayers about common deductions that should not be claimed.

In a new guide, Don’t be a dummy with your deductions, the ATO lists ten items that are often claimed but probably shouldn’t be:


  • Travel between home and work;
  • Car expenses for transporting bulky tools and equipment;
  • Salary packaged car expenses;
  • Meal expenses while travelling;
  • Travel that includes a private component;
  • Clothing;
  • Cleaning costs for work clothes;
  • Self-education costs;
  • Phone and internet expenses; and
  • Tools and equipment.