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What is a Tax Office public ruling and how can it help?

The Tax Office can issue public rulings that provide guidance on the interpretation of various tax laws.

Public rulings generally deal with priority issues that have been found to require clarification, so if you have a concern about a particular area of tax law, you may find that many of your concerns are shared by others and may have already been addressed.

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Deductions for home to work travel

When can you claim a deduction for home to work travel?

As a general rule, travel from your home to your workplace is not allowed as a deduction because it constitutes a “private expense”. There are however circumstances when you may be entitled to claim some of these travel expenses, or even travel costs to an alternative workplace. But it is a minefield that needs to be negotiated carefully.

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Tax deductions: What you can’t claim

Here are some misconceptions about deductions that many taxpayers commonly believe to be claimable, but are typically rejected by the Tax Office.

While some are obviously not allowable, they have all been genuinely attempted to be claimed — and in most instances knocked back. Other disallowed claims, however, may surprise.

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