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REVEALED: How the ATO is ramping up its war on dodgy tax returns - and what you SHOULDN'T claim without proof The ATO will target workers who make dodgy allowance claims It will focus on those earning a bit extra through ride sharing apps such as Uber About seven per cent Australians have found work in the gig economy The ATO has been given additional resources to fill the $8.7 billion 'tax gap'

By Sahil Makkar and Brett Lackey For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 10:33 BST, 1 July 2019 | Updated: 10:40 BST, 1 July 2019

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The Australian Taxation Office will clamp down on dodgy tax returns and those earning through platforms such as Uber and Deliveroo.

A recent study showed about seven per cent of Australians have used more than 100 digital platforms such as Airtasker, Uber, Freelancer, Uber Eats and Deliveroo to find full-time or additional work in the last financial year. 

Experts believe the ATO will target workers who make dodgy allowance claims like dry cleaning, mobile phones, internet use, and car expenses to claw back an additional $8.7 billion in revenue from workers.

H&R Block director of tax communications Mark Chapman said the ATO has been given additional resources.

'I think we’ll see far more audits and more letters in relation to incorrect claims around work-related expenses and property, and we’ll see far more data-matching around cryptocurrency and the sharing economy,' he told News.com.

'They [ATO] do a lot of investigation in this space through technology — they data-match, they have benchmarks, if expenses are outside the norm people will get a letter which is not a full audit, it invites them to think again.” 

The ATO claimed it lost $1.5 billion alone on clothes and laundry tax claims during the 2017-18 financial year. 

The Australian Taxation Office has been given additional resources to target dodgy tax returns and those earning through platforms such as Uber (pictured) and Deliveroo

The Australian Taxation Office has been given additional resources to target dodgy tax returns and those earning through platforms such as Uber (pictured) and Deliveroo 

One of Mr Chapman's tips is for workers to comb back through their bank statements over the last financial year and try to identify items they may be able to claim - such as those they use for work.

'Take the time to go back over the year and identify all the purchased items you want to claim and make sure you have receipts, invoices, and supporting documents,' he said. 

'If you have lost any receipts it may be worthwhile going back to the store where you purchased the item and seeing if they can give you another one.

'Claiming up to $300 on items is fine this year without receipts, however, the ATO is looking at rule as they believe some people are automatically claiming this.' 

The ATO believes a number of workers may be taking advantage of the system and not incurring the expenses that they are claiming back. 

Last year, the ATO audited more than 1,500 individual taxpayers and

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