General Facts:
Scott is 36 years old and is an Australian resident for tax purposes. Scott is an employee teacher working for Launceston Secondary College. Scott has been working as an English teacher since he completed his Diploma of Education degree fifteen years ago. He lives in a house in Newnham, is single, and has no dependents.
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BFA714 Australian Tax Law Assignment

Scott has supplied you with the information below relating to his personal income tax affairs for the year ended 30 June 2020. However, he is not certain whether everything he has provided you with is assessable or deductible. He has asked you to consider each item and determine whether it is assessable or deductible.

Scott wishes to minimise his 2019/20 taxable income wherever legally possible. Assume that the amounts detailed below are all of Scott receipts and expenditure for the 2019/20 income year, and that all of his expenses are correctly substantiated (unless otherwise stated).

Income tax return
On 1 February 2020, Scott received an invoice (dated 30 January 2020) for $480 from ‘Swift Tax Returns’ for their work in completing his 2018/19 income tax return.Scott paid this on 2 March 2020.

Scott 2018/19 notice of assessment showed he had additional income tax payable of $2,030. As Scott paid this amount late (on 2 May 2020), the Australian Taxation Office imposed $189 in general interest charges (GIC), which Scott also paid on 2 May 2020.

3.Salary and Wages
For the entire 2019/20 income year, Scott worked as an employee teacher for Launceston Secondary College.

The school provided Scott with a PAYG Payment Summary for the period 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020, which contained the following information:

Note: (a) The allowance (of $3,000) is made of up of the following:

  • a phone allowance of $500
  • a professional development allowance of $2,500 (to attend education conferences, workshops, etc).
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4.Interest
Scott maintains one bank account. He provides you with the following information about interest earned during the 2019/20 income year:

  • CBA transaction account (gross interest) – refer to note (a) $15

Notes:
(a) The CBA bank account is Scott’s transaction account where his fortnightly pay from the school is deposited.Scott provided his tax file number (TFN) to the bank.

5.Unexpected receipts
During the 2019/20 income year,Scott also received the following:
(a) A $50 Myer voucher from the principal of the school. All teachers received the same gift on the last school day of 2019, and it was enclosed in a card with a personal message that thanked Scott for his excellent teaching throughout the year.

(b) Scott received $120 ($115 net after deducting his $5 ticket cost) in the school’s ‘Melbourne Cup sweep’. He is unsure whether this should be declared in his taxable income, given that he enters this competition every year and is concerned that it might therefore be a recurrent receipt.

6.Royalty receipt
Scott receives royalties from the publisher of his book “Effective history teaching”, which has a recommended retail price of $35. For each book sold, Scott receives a royalty of $4 from the book publisher.

On 2 July 2020,Scott received a letter from the publisher stating that based on book sales for the 2019/20 financial year he is entitled to royalties of $1,060 (based on the sale of 265 books). The publisher deposited this amount directly into Scott bank
account on 30 June 2020.

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BFA714 Australian Tax Law Assignment

7.Expenses
During the 2019/20 income year Scott incurred the following expenses that he believes are related to his employment as teacher and deductible.Scott advises that he has retained receipts for all of the following expenses:

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