ATO flags 5 most common tax time mistakes

As tax time 2019 kicks off, the ATO has profiled what it says are the 5 most common mistakes and the personalities most likely to have to tax time troubles.

The top 5 mistakes include taxpayers who:

Leave out some of their income - maybe forgetting a temp job or money earned from the sharing economy;

Claim deductions for personal expenses - home to work travel, normal clothes or personal phone calls;

Forget to keep receipts or records of their expenses;

Claim for something they never paid for - often because they think everyone is entitled to a "standard deduction";

Claim personal expenses for rental properties - either claiming deductions for times when they are using their property themselves or are claiming interest on loans used to buy personal assets like a car or boat.


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