From a $ 58,000 wedding to $ 20k & # 39; for raising twins & # 39; and gambling losses: the & # 39; weird and beautiful & # 39; ways Australians tried to increase their tax refunds – and failed
- Australians come together to submit their tax return with the promise of a cash boost
- Some tricky gamblers try to get a little extra with their & # 39; other & # 39; deductions
- Gambling losses, twins costs and a child's birthday party were on the list
The bold and unusual expenses that Australians have tried to reclaim as part of their annual tax refund have been revealed.
Australians come every year to submit their tax return en masse, with the promise of an extra boost on their bank accounts.
And although most are happy with the money they can get back, there are always some who are trying to get more than they owe.
Gambling losses, a children's party and a Lego set were among the more bizarre items that people tried to claim under the & # 39; other & # 39; banner on tax returns.
One person tried to reclaim $ 20,000 for raising twins.
One taxpayer tried to claim a Lego set as part of his tax refund – this claim was rejected
According to the Australian tax office (ATO) there were 700,000 claims in the 2017 financial year for & # 39; other & # 39; expenses.
In total 88 percent of these claims had to be changed.
& # 39; We do see a lot of weird and wonderful claims & # 39 ;, assistant commissioner Karen Foat said ABC.
& # 39; A number of taxpayers claimed dental expenses because a nice smile was essential to find a job – and therefore was deductible. & # 39;
A man tried to claim $ 58,000 for his marriage and said it was related to a work-related overseas conference.
He claimed $ 33,087 for the wedding and his wife claimed $ 25,259.
Both claims were rejected, Foat said.
An attentive taxpayer even tried to claim the costs of a car he had bought for his mother.
The ATO must keep a close eye on the claims because fake costs are incurred, she said.
A man tried to claim a $ 58,000 marriage and said it was related to a work-related overseas conference
& # 39; Sometimes people are not wiser and think they can raise the cost of living, and then there are others who push the boundaries & she said.
A tax refund can be delayed if & # 39; red flags & # 39; to show up.
The most bizarre tax refund claims in 2017:
Raising twins at a cost of $ 20,000
A $ 58,000 marriage
Cost of living, including food, rent and mortgages
Mrs. Foat said that if something is permissible, the ATO will request a record to prove the costs.
If it is not allowed, they will ask why the person filed the claim and then explain why it is not allowed before the claim is removed.
& # 39; With a foreign claim, we remove the claim and the person may receive a tax assessment. & # 39;
The number of claims under the & # 39; other & # 39; flag has increased by 13 percent in the last three years.
The costs of those claims have risen from $ 1.74 million in 2015 to $ 1.97 million in 2017.
Taxpayers who are caught making a false claim can be punished with 25 to 75 percent of the deficit.
An attentive taxpayer even tried to claim the costs of a car he had bought for his mother
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