We once had a shifty accountant. He was marvellous. We received incredible tax refunds. As I was a shift worker and could not always use public transport, he claimed travel expenses to and from work for me. This is not normally allowed. Then he disappeared and I heard later he was in big trouble with the Australian Taxation Office. The next accountant who did my next tax return said I could not claim for travel to and from work, shift worker or not. Bah!
Essentially you can't claim travel to and from work as a work related expense.
That is unless you have novated car lease arrangement with your work. It is way too complicated for me to understand. But I did pick up that if you sign a declaration to the tax department, you novated lease will be phrased that you you use your work supplied car 80% for work and 20% privately and the tax benefit will be credited to you on that basis.
But hell has arrived and the government is clamping down because it seems the 80/20 is more like 20/80. All the government is asking is that a log book of travel is filled in for three months of five years. Suddenly a whole industry collapses.
That is an industry built on falsely claiming driving expenses against payable tax. I look forward to seeing less black SUV cars in our inner suburbs that are funded on novated leases.
Do you know what novated means? I saw the word a few years ago while sitting in the beer garden at our local, The Palmerston. I looked up into the sky and I saw a tall building with a sign that said something about novated leases. I didn't have a clue what it was then, but now, I still don't have a clue, apart from associating novated with tax rorts.
It rather reminds me of our thriving economy, half of which is dug out of the ground and the other half building houses for immigrants, or those who they displace.
Ah, the lucky country.