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ATA welcomes ATO truck driver meal allowance ruling

Tax office confirms new truck driver meal allowances

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The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) has welcomed a rethink on truck driver meal allowances made by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

In July, the tax office announced that employee truck drivers would only be able to claim $55.30 per day in meal allowances without detailed receipts.

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But, after much lobbying by industry groups, including the ATA, the ATO has revised its determination and reinstated its former meal-by-meal approach to reasonable meal amounts.

The new reasonable amounts for 2017-18 are:

  • Breakfast: $24.25
  • Lunch: $27.65
  • Dinner: $47.70

ATA Chair Geoff Crouch welcomed the ATO rethink.

“The new determination means that truck drivers can claim, without detailed receipts, the same amount for meals as other comparable employees in what are called tier 2 and other country centres,”

“One of the ATA’s highest priorities is to make sure that government agencies never treat truck drivers as second-class citizens.

“We took this argument into our initial discussions with the tax office and the decision reflects our approach.”

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