November 2011 Newsletter
Standard deduction for work expenses next year
Public consultation has closed on the Government's draft legislation which proposes to provide individual taxpayers with a standard tax deduction to cover work-related expenses and the cost of managing their tax affairs. The standard deduction proposed is $500 for 2012–2013, increasing to $1,000 for 2013–2014 and thereafter. Taxpayers whose claims exceed the proposed standard deduction will still be allowed to make those claims provided receipts are kept. However, the Government has noted the deduction is dependent on the implementation of the mining tax legislation (which is yet to be introduced).