Aircraft engineer, 32, reveals what it's like to be checked by the tax office for two consecutive years – he even said he had to hand over the phone number for his local Pizza Hut restaurant
- An aircraft engineer has revealed what it is like to be checked for two consecutive years
- The 32-year-old from Tasmania said the second audit felt a bit like intimidation & # 39;
- The ATO said the best way to pass an audit is to keep records of claims
An aircraft engineer who earns $ 200,000 a year has revealed what it is like to be checked by the Australian tax office for two consecutive years.
Ben, 32, from Tasmania, said it would be checked for the same year for the same claims & # 39; a bit like intimidation & # 39; felt.
& # 39; As a trader I have a phone, I claim around 30 percent. They wanted all my phone details, my Telstra phone bills, & Ben said, who asked not to use his last name, news.com.au.
& # 39; I had to go ahead and label alongside each number, I had to write who they were – who works, who is personal, Pizza Hut. & # 39;
An aircraft engineer who earns $ 200,000 a year has revealed what it is like to be checked by the Australian tax office for two consecutive years (stock image)
He said his deductions and claims for the first year he was checked were higher than normal because he was following a nine-week work-study course in Brisbane.
The first audit came back clean, but it took almost two months for the ATO to complete the second.
& # 39; Everyone understands they have to keep the system fair, but in my case I thought I had all the coupons, my claims were all legitimate. Everything was approved. Being done twice in succession for the same things was intrusive, a bit like intimidation actually, & Ben said.
He said that one thing that made it less stressful went through a tax agent.
Audits are usually carried out on wealthy people with complex tax matters, but recently the ATO has devoted more resources to targeting ordinary Australians, said H&R Block Director of Tax Communications, Mark Chapman.
The tax authorities specifically focus on work-related expenses, even for small things such as laundry, he said.
During an ATO audit, a 32-year-old revealed that he had to label numbers on his telephone bill including his local pizzeria (stock image)
An ATO spokesperson said that individual tax returns were automatically assessed for risk & # 39; and where an omission or error is found, the return process is stopped for further investigation.
She said the review process goes on all year round – meaning that even if you are not checked during the tax refund period, you can still be at a later time.
The spokesperson advised that the best tactic for individuals to pass an audit is to keep records of any claims that you submit.
An ATO spokesperson said that the publication of individual tax returns & # 39; automatically risk-assessed & # 39; goods
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