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ATO's INCREASED SCRUTINY OF ZONE TAX OFFSET CLAIMS
The ATO has increased its scrutiny of zone tax offset claims this year. This is in response to the fact that eligibility to claim the offset changed from 1 July 2015. However, the ATO continues to see a number of incorrect claims for the offset from people who do not reside in the relevant zone. Under the changes, the offset is no longer available for people that fly in/fly out.
The ATO looks for indications that the client claiming the offset may be a fly in/fly out worker. As part of the compliance checking the tax agent will be asked to confirm their client's normal residence during the year. Where possible this will be completed during an initial phone call with the tax agent. ATO officers will contact the tax agent that lodged the return in the first instance.