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    stuster
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    Hello Soloists,

    I’ve got a question regarding log books and the amount of detail required by the ATO for trips.

    Is it enough to have a mileage recording of when starting the trip, when returned from trip, whether the trip was business or private use and what the date is?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you.

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    StellarScott
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    Hi Stuster

    The ATO refers to the reason for the journey. More detail than ‘business’ would be required eg client visit city.

    For more details on claiming vehicle expenses see here:

    http://www.ato.gov.au/content/00313836.htm

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    Reda
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    Hi Stuster,

    You need to have kept a strict record of all your work travel in your log book with date, and mileage at start and at end of each business trip.

    Also you must keep record of your mileage at start and at end of financial year to estimate your private travel.

    At the end of the year, your business kilometres are separated from your private travel and this percentage is used to claim a percentage of your total expenses.

    I personally use an electronic log book making things so much easier than by paper. You can have a look at this video from YourCarLog They explain quiet well the benefits of having an electronic log book and how it works to claim expenses to the ATO or employer.
    You can also have a look here to read more about the methods used for your car log. read more at

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