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I've had to travel interstate for work twice, for 2 weeks at a time. Each time, I was paid a lump sum meal allowance by the employer (either before or after the trip).
I'm a little confused about which part I declare and claim deductible for, if at all. Is it the amount I spent? The amount I didn't spend? All of the allowances?
Thanks for your help in advance!
It works something like this;
Allowances - Increases gross income
Deductions - Reduces gross income
The total amounts don't need to be the same, they need to be reasonable and supported.
If the "lump sum" was not on a payslip, how does that relate the the business providing an allowance - sounds more like a personal arrangement in order to incentivise your travel. Or even more like a reimbursement, which would mean the tax claim moves from you to the business as they paid you for it and you weren't out of pocket.
If you were to claim a deduction it would be the amounts you actually spent - within the reasonable amounts, meaning if the amounts you spent are more, you wouldn't be able to claim more - just the reasonable amount; if you spent less, you would claim just the amount spent and not more than that.
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