Shortcut Rate For Claiming Home Office Expenses Extended

Shortcut Rate For Claiming Home Office Expenses Extended

 

February 16, 2021 | Warren Kruger | No Comments | ,

The ATO has extended (again) the ability to utilise the “shortcut rate” for claiming home office running expenses to 30 June 2021 (it previously only applied until 31 December 2020).

The ATO’s guideline allows certain taxpayers to claim a fixed rate per hour (80 cents per hour) for most additional running expenses incurred when working from home by keeping a record of the number of hours they have worked from home, rather than needing to calculate specific running expenses.

The expenses included in the shortcut rate include lighting, heating, cooling and cleaning costs, the decline in value and repair of home office items (such as furniture and furnishings in the area used for work, computers and laptops, etc.), and phone and internet expenses.

However, the guideline does not cover “occupancy expenses”, such as rent, mortgage interest, property insurance and land taxes.

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