Curtis Island workers face tax audits

Construction workers on Curtis Island LNG projects may face tax audits after concerns were raised about incorrect claims on tax returns.

Gladstone Observer reported that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) had worked with the co-operation of construction contractor Bechtel to develop a fact sheet to advise workers of the chance to avoid fines associated with incorrect tax claims.

The fact sheet was reportedly sent to 10,000 workers, while around 7670 workers remain employed by Bechtel on Curtis Island.

The ATO said it had produced the fact sheet after “local community raised concerns” that workers had wrongly claimed expenses for items, such as meals and tools, that were provided on the job by Bechtel.

The fact sheet also provides information about claiming mobile phone use, accommodation expenses, training courses and travel.

Local corporate accountant Bob Lamont said the fact sheet contained factual errors and misrepresented tax law, but would not elaborate on his criticism.

Workers with any incorrect claims in their tax returns for financial year 2014 and 2015have been urged by the ATO to review and remedy their tax information by October 31 to avoid fines.

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