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Silvia is a teacher employed by SCHE Education at their Melbourne campus. She lives in Pakenham...

Silvia is a teacher employed by SCHE Education at their Melbourne campus. She lives in Pakenham with her family on the outskirts Melbourne about 60 kilometres from the campus. Silvia only attends the campus on Thursdays and Fridays when she takes her classes and the remaining three days a week she works from home. She prefers to work from home because she dislikes the long commute and because she feels that she can research more effectively from home. She only sees students in her office at the campus on Thursdays and Fridays. All student contact on the other days is via email. Silvia’s home office and work library occupies 20% of the total space in her home.

Her outgoings in relation to her home for the current financial year are as follows: · Rent – \$31,200 ·

Electricity and heating costs – \$1,600 ·

Home telephone (10% of which is for university use) – \$2,000 ·

Mobile telephone bill (50% of which is for university use) – \$1,250 Required: Calculate how much of the above outgoings are a deductible expense for Silvia

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Answer: The deductible expenses for Silvia are:

20% of the space in her home so we get

==> \$31,200 * 20% ==> \$6,240

Home Telephone (10% for university), then we get

==> \$2000 * 10% ==> \$200

Mobile Telephone bill (50% of university), then

==> \$1250 * 50% ==> \$625

Therefore, the total deductible expenses are ==> \$7065

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