Thinking about it I would have to agree with this. Sure, 9 times out of 10 people get away with it, but if they decide to audit your return, you want to have the answers and documentation. If not it can get a bit nasty. At the very least, I would suggest calling an accountant and asking. I would however recommend doing your return through an agent. I never used to, and got stuff all return. After I did, I got returns in the thousands after paying the accountants bill. They know legitimate claims in every profession that you didn't think existed. Give it a go. This is my experience anyway. Good luck.I have to go ahead a disagree with the whole "try it and see"... There can be some very steep penalties if the ATO finds you've made fraudulent claims. If they look into your return an "I didn't know" won't suffice. You need to check the validity of your claims before you lodge, if this is something you can't do yourself you will need to speak to a certified accountant.
I'd hate to see someone hit with fines resulting from amateur advice on a forum (note, I'm not having a go at anyone who has posted above).
Speak to an accountant. Best of luck.
good idea, not sure getting advice on a patrol forum is helpful.Yeh cheers guys, I am booked in with an accountant who will be doing it just wanting a heads up.