Tax office clarifies living away from home allowance

BECHTEL workers who don't fill out a Living Away From Home Allowance declaration won't face penalties from the tax office.

The form, which doesn't affect an employee's personal tax, is given to fly-in-fly-out workers to complete so their employer is not liable for additional taxes on accommodation and food provided to workers.

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The Australian Tax Office has confirmed employees will not be up for extra tax or any penalties if they do not complete the declaration.

However, it could impact Bechtel's ability to make claims against allowances paid to employees.

For some employees, not filling out the declaration could also lead to a reduction in entitlements to government benefits such as the Medicare levy surcharge and child support payments.



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