Suitable for: Users who are claiming deductions in their BAS
Tax Difficulty: Easy
Time to read: 1-2 minutes
Tax Focus: Deductions
Reporting lunches and waters
Food you consume while working is considered by the ATO to be private in nature and not to be in connection with your enterprise. You can only claim a GST credit if the purchase relates to your enterprise. Therefore, you cannot claim the cost of lunches in your BAS.
Water is GST-free. This means if you bought water to either sell or give away (e.g. to your passengers in the ride-sharing economy), the price you paid didn’t include GST. Thus, no GST credit can be claimed when submitting a BAS.
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