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Money The most common dodgy work expense claims made by Australians

08:54  14 november  2017
08:54  14 november  2017 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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Among the more outrageous claims made are for anniversary dinners and condoms, according to a survey by expense management software maker webexpenses. Mileage, the most commonly claimed form of transport, is also the most rorted with 42% admitting to increasing the distance they

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Employees (including casuals) can claim work -related expenses in the financial year they are incurred. When completing your tax return, you're entitled to claim deductions for some expenses , most of which are directly related to earning your income.

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More than half of Australian employees (58%) think its okay to fudge their work expense claims as long as they are sensible about it, according to global research

Among the more outrageous claims made are for anniversary dinners and condoms, according to a survey by expense management software maker webexpenses.

Mileage, the most commonly claimed form of transport, is also the most rorted with 42% admitting to increasing the distance they travelled.

The respondents confessing to adding “just a few dollars for extra kilometres”.

The most common forms of expenses rorts:

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More than half of Australian employees (58%) think its okay to fudge their work expense claims as long as they are sensible about it, according to global research Among the more outrageous claims made are for anniversary dinners and condoms, according to a survey by expense management

The most common way to make some extra cash from the company was to exaggerate the number of business miles driven. And of those who admit to putting through dodgy expenses , the average amount emerged as £117 worth of fraudulent claims each month, totalling £1

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The most common work -related expense claims are for car expenses , which amount to more than billion in claims each year. The ATO says trips between home and work cannot be claimed unless your home was a base of employment and you were required to travel to a different workplace to

You may be able to claim a deduction for self-education expenses if your self-education relates to your current work activities as Follow the links below for more information about If an expense is partly for your self-education and partly for other purposes, you can only claim the amount that relates to

The survey results indicate employees increasingly believe they deserve a reward if they put the hours in.

The survey had 22% of Australian respondents confessing to taking a friend or partner out for a meal and claiming it back as client entertainment.

One person said they claimed back an anniversary dinner as a client meeting.

The research suggests that the tactic of "little and often" seems to be the most common and safest form of fraud.

However, there are still those trying their luck with more brazen expenses. One respondent claimed condoms and another pet insurance premiums.

“The results bring to light the changing patterns of expense fraud, the shift to more subtle methods to efficiently enable claims to fall through the cracks and raise no red flags," says Ryan Corlett, webexpenses general manager for Australia and North America.

"The most prominent area being exaggerating mileage claims, this could be a result of employees feeling it’s completely innocent just rounding up mileage and with a manual process it’s a lot harder to identify."

Almost a third (31%) said there were a lack of adequate checks to keep fraud under control at their place of work.

The research was carried out by onepoll in July 2017, with 4,000 office workers from the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.

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