The letter sent to Bechtel workers on Curtis Island last week has now been forwarded to accountants in preparation of a claims do-over for some workers.
The letter sent to Bechtel workers on Curtis Island last week has now been forwarded to accountants in preparation of a claims do-over for some workers.

Accountants review Bechtel workers claims with ATO letter

ACCOUNTANTS should all now have a copy of the letter that was sent from the Australian Tax Office to Bechtel employees on Curtis Island.

It says the Australian Taxation Office "is concerned that some Bechtel employees are claiming deductions they are not entitled to". 

We revealed last week up to 5000 workers could be affected.

The letter reminds workers there won't be consequences for claims resubmitted before October 31, but warns future audits that do turn up incorrect claims could attract penalties.

>> Curtis Island workers ordered to redo tax claims

>>Tax office clarifies what Bechtel workers can claim

>>Accountant says tax sheet for Bechtel workers has errors

Gladstone accountants are now preparing to sit down with clients for a 'desk audit' to ensure their claims are legitimate after the tax office issued a Bechtel specific fact sheet to Curtis Island workers. 

Sothertons accountant Steve Marsten said workers who have documents to support their claims have nothing to worry about.

However those that claimed items such as ferry travel - or any item they didn't actually pay for - should revisit their taxes.

Mr Marsten said the average return would come back at about 3% of a person's taxable income, although he knows of some workers who received closer to 10%.

"Those will be the ones the tax office is looking at," Mr Marsten said.

"They keep a lot of data on agents and that's how they will identify agents and workers for audit."



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