Four Priorities for the ATO 2022 Tax Time


The ATO has announced a focus for Tax Time 2022 – Individuals, including the following four areas:


Records are the only thing that can prove you are entitled to those deductions. Records, receipts and other documentation used to prepare the return must be retained by the taxpayer for five years from the date of lodgement of the return and may have to be provided to the ATO on request.

Work-related Expenses

You can claim most of the expenses you incur to earn your income as an employee. But before making any deduction, rethink the “3 golden rules”:

Work-related expenses mainly include:

For more information, please see: Article 4: Questions about Deductions

For the 2022 tax return, ATO will focus on the following key areas:

  • Shortcut method
    This method ends on 30 June 2022. To continue to claim a deduction for working from home after 30 June 2022, we can only use the rest two methods.
    The shortcut method rate is 80 cents per hour, which covers all additional running expenses, such as utilities, a decline in value and repair of home office devices and furniture, cleaning, phone and internet, stationery etc. no other deduction is permitted.
  • Fixed rate method
  • Actual cost method
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