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Tax office warns of technology to scrutinise returns

TAX time is nearly upon Sunshine Coast residents and the Australian Taxation Office is warning its focus will be on ensuring workers in every profession are doing the right thing.

Advances in technology and data use have meant the office no longer has to focus its resources on just a few occupations.

"These enhancements mean that every return is scrutinised and it is becoming a lot easier to identify claims that are significantly higher than those claimed by people with similar occupations and employment income," the office's assistant commissioner Adam Kendrick said.

Rental property owners will also be under the microscope this year.

Officers will look out for excessive deductions claimed for holiday homes, husbands and wives splitting rental income and deductions for jointly owned properties, claims for repairs and maintenance shortly after the property was bought and interest deductions claimed for the private proportion of loans.

Mr Kendrick said the key points for people to remember when claiming work-related expenses were they must have spent the money themselves, it must be related to their job and they must have a record to prove it.

For more information, visit ato.gov.au/deductions or call 13 28 61.


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