Working from Home
Simplified Method for Claiming Deductions
The ATO has introduced a simplified method for claiming deductions for anyone working from home as a result of COVID-19. Between 1 March and 30 June 2020, taxpayers will be able to claim 80 cents per work hour for all their additional running expenses, rather than needing to calculate costs for specific running expenses. This new method is designed to make tax returns simpler for anybody who has recently transitioned to working from home due to COVID-19, and ensures they are able to easily claim their relevant deductions.
This information has been summarised into a Working from home media release. This was specifically designed due to the evolving nature of COVID-19 and the new temporary way of working that businesses have had to apply.
For further information about ATO measures and tailored support during COVID-19 view ato.gov.au/COVID-19.
Tax time resources
- Truck Driver Tax Time Poster, Train Drive Tax Time Poster and Office Workers Tax Time Posters – These posters provides helpful information on which expenses truck and train drivers as well as office staff can and cannot claim at tax time.
- Transport & Logistics Toolkit – This toolkit contains two posters (IT professional and truck driver). It also contains a general work-related expense guide for the T&L sector.
- ‘Ways to help you get ready for this tax time’ article that you can use on your website or newsletter. This is a lengthy article, feel free to use the content you think is most appropriate or break up into smaller articles suitable for your members.
- ‘2020 has been difficult but your tax return doesn’t need to be’ media release that will provide you with some support and guidance to help you lodge your return this year.