Each year the ATO identifies areas of concern which it will focus on in the upcoming year. For the 2019 tax year, the ATO highlighted personal tax returns and incorrect work related expense claims as an area which was to be scrutinised. According to recent data released, these warnings seem to have worked and have impacted the personal tax returns lodged. According to a recent survey, half of the taxpayers interviewed had left at least one claim they had previously made in their 2019 tax return.
It should be noted that if the expense is directly related to your employment, is a cost you have incurred and you have documentation to verify the amount then the item can be claimed. It is important that taxpayers get professional assistance to maximise their claims and minimise their tax liability to the full extent possible under the tax regulations.