The ATO has advised Bechtel employees to resubmit their tax.
The ATO has advised Bechtel employees to resubmit their tax. Paul Braven

ATO releases details on Curtis Island Bechtel claims

FRESH links have gone live on the Australian Taxation Office's website urging Curtis Island Bechtel employees to revisit their taxes.

The October 31 deadline is days away and the ATO, who has been gentle in its approach, has now changed its tune slightly.

"We will be taking action to correct incorrect claims after these dates and penalty and interest charges will apply," reads the third line on the new page.

Penalties can be up to 75% of the amount owed through wrongful claims. 

There are five detailed examples covering claims on meal expenses, bulky tools and mobile phones.

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In September, the ATO warned workers to revisit their tax returns, including for previous years, after finding inconsistencies between the returns of individuals working under the same conditions.

Last week they followed that up with a visit to up to 20 different accounting firms.

ATO tax agents conducted desk audits and ATO Assistance Commissioner Adam Kendrick said there were three areas false claims were being commonly made - those are the areas detailed in the new links.

The ATO says since the visit there has been an increase in Bechtel employees, and registered tax agents, contacting the tax office "for assistance to get their work-related expenses correct."

Read the ATO's detailed examples here.



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