Are you claiming home expenses in tax?

Are you claiming home expenses in tax?

13 Feb, 2023 By: Lotus Smart

You may be entitled to home office running expenses including telephone, internet, computer, and software required to use for the work. The requirement is that a nexus has to be established between the user and the income-producing activities.

How you can claim a deduction?

  • Keep a diary of the details of your actual costs and your work-related use of the office, or
  • Use a fixed rate of 45 cents per hour towards office heating, cooling, lighting, and cleaning costs plus the depreciation of the home office furniture and equipment.

Please note that it is the home running expenses and not the occupancy expenses that you can claim as a deduction. Accordingly, you can’t claim a deduction for rent, mortgage interest, council rates, and house insurance premiums.
Records you must keep

  • You must keep records of home expenses, such as:
  • receipts or other written evidence of your expenses, including receipts for depreciating assets you have purchased
  • diary entries you make to record your small expenses ($10 or less) totaling no more than $200, or costs you cannot get any kind of evidence for, regardless of the amount
  • itemized phone accounts from which you can identify work-related calls, or other records, such as diary entries (if you do not get an itemized account from your phone company)
  • You have created a diary to determine how much you used your equipment, home office, and phone for business purposes over a representative four-week period.
    Accountants at Lotus Smart make sure you take maximum advantage of home office deductions while following ATO’s compliance checklist in this regard.