Tax time is one of the few times of the year where keeping an absurd amount of paper in your possession is socially acceptable. But while most of us can confide in our receipts to keep us safe navigating our tax return, receipts aren’t always enough – especially if you get audited by the ATO.
As one such Australian told the ABC some weeks ago, claims for $120,000 of self-education over three years lead to a full-scale audit. When asked to supply bank statements as well as receipts for their education, they were taken aback, but this is not an alien concept for audits from the ATO. Unfortunately for this person, they made mistakes in previous returns leading to a $24,000 debt – but this doesn’t have to be the case for you.
Jumping through various hoops to only get stung with a big debt is a pretty jarring experience and you are destined to learn some lessons going through that type of hardship. The number one lesson they learned?
Keep records and use a tax agent
The ability for tax agents to easily change previous years returns and to accommodate sudden changes in your financials makes keeping yourself safe during an audit much easier. Furthermore, keeping records needs to stop being an exclusively analog process. Scanning your receipts into software such as XERO or Dropbox not only frees up space in your pocket but makes it far easier to organise and recall receipts.
At the end of the day, if you have correctly worked out your claims so you aren’t claiming more than you should be and have your documentation in order, you have nothing to worry about. If you aren’t confident that you can correctly work out your deductions, take the stress away and contact a tax agent. We can help you get the most out of your tax return, give us a call today on 3367 0852 or email us through firstname.lastname@example.org