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ATO ON WORK-RELATED CLOTHING AND LAUNDRY EXPENSES

A tax office spokesperson has said that the ATO is "increasing attention, scrutiny and education" on work-related expenses including clothing and laundry expenses.

The ATO reminds taxpayers that to be eligible for a deduction, clothing needs to be occupation-specific clothing, protective clothing or a uniform that is unique to the organisation the taxpayer works for. It is a "myth" that taxpayers could claim a standard deduction of $150 without spending money on appropriate clothing or laundry. While record-keeping requirements for laundry expenses are "relaxed" for claims up to the $150 threshold, taxpayers do need to be able to show how they calculated their deduction. There are three golden rules to follow.

(1) A taxpayer has to spend the money themselves and cannot have been reimbursed.

(2) The claim must be directly related to earning the taxpayer's income.

(3) There must be a record to prove it.

The spokesperson also reminds taxpayers that the myDeductions tool is an ATO app that assists taxpayers with record-keeping.