I’m going overseas for nine months and intend to work while I’m away. Will I have to pay tax in Australia on my overseas earnings?
You have to pay tax on overseas earnings unless you have worked overseas continuously for more than 90 days on a specific Australian government project, or you are deployed overseas as a member of an Australian government agency. You may be entitled to a foreign income tax offset for any foreign tax that you paid.
Can a credit card slip be used as a receipt for tax purposes?
Yes, as long as it shows the supplier and date of purchase. We recommend you make a note on your credit card slip indicating the type of goods purchased.
The ATO will also accept BPAY or email receipts if they contain the necessary information (date, supplier, nature of the goods and amount paid).
Can I claim work travel?
Travel between work and home is generally not tax deductible, except in certain circumstances. For example, travel between jobs on the same day and travel for work (i.e. visiting clients, doing pick-ups or deliveries) is deductible. If you use public transport for this type of travel, keep your receipts and/or make a diary to record your travel.
If you use your own car then we recommend that you keep a log book of all business mileage and all expenses including petrol, repairs, registration, insurance and interest on a car loan.
There are two different methods we can use to claim work-related motor vehicle expenses. If you maintain a log book for a minimum of 12 weeks we can choose the method that provides the best claim for you.