The ATO is concerned about taxpayers making mistakes or deliberately lodging false claims for work-related car expenses, and has announced it will be closely examining claims for these expenses in 2018 tax returns.

Last year, around 3.75 million people made a work-related car expense claim, totalling about $8.8 billion.

The best way for to avoid mistakes is to make sure you follow “the three golden rules”, only making a car claim if:

  • you paid for the expense yourself and you weren’t reimbursed;
  • it’s directly related to earning your income – in other words, your employer required you to make the trips as part of your job; and
  • you have a record to support your claim.

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