Cars, Tax Returns & What You Can Claim

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Claiming car-related expenses as tax deductions might seem like the easiest way to get a more significant return – but it’s also one of the most carefully monitored.

Here are a few tips on what you need to watch out for when claiming car-related deductions.

Claiming The Cost Of Your Commute

There are specific rules around travel to and from work when it comes to tax deductions, and your work commute expenses for travel are not covered as a tax deduction. Public transport and travelling by car are not claimable as a tax deduction.

Claiming Expenses That Can’t Be Backed Up

One of the most common mistakes that car owners can make is claiming car costs using the ATO’s cents-per-kilometre method without the receipts and paperwork to back this up. Keeping accurate and tax-compliant vehicle logbooks is essential. Businesses and employees must be able to prove their vehicle-related claims to the ATO if asked.

Overlooking Depreciation

Depreciation is an accounting method of allocating the cost of a tangible or physical asset over its useful life or life expectancy.

If you had rented your car out on a share economy platform or used it for work, rather than try to work out the depreciation of the asset yourself, speaking with someone like us can avoid any complications that may arise from incorrect application.

As always, tax can be a tricky subject, especially regarding vehicles. It is best to consult with your tax advisor or agent for any queries you may have during this tax return season. We are ready and willing to help.

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