COVID-19 – Working From Home Deductions

The
Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is announcing special arrangements this year
due to COVID-19 to make it easier for people to claim deductions for working
from home.

The new
arrangement will allow people to claim a rate of 80 cents per hour for all
their running expenses, rather than needing to calculate costs for specific
running expenses.

The ATO has
also advised that multiple people living in the same house can claim this new
rate.  For example, a couple living
together could each individually claim the 80 cents per hour rate.  Previously, there was also a requirement to
have a dedicated work