Should I take copies of receipts as proof for the tax department?

A lot of my receipts (Aust Post) are printed on thermal paper and fade over time. Do I need to provide copies of my receipts as proof when dealing with the ATO and tax matters?

Top voted answer
Kirsty Fox

Kirsty Fox, Principal at

Top 10% Tax

Yes. If you are audited the ATO can ask for proof of your expenditure. There are a number of apps where you can take a photo of it to store it, or you can scan them and keep an electronic copy. It's fine if you want to put several together for one A4 page photocopy as well.

Steven Freeman

Steven Freeman at

Top 10% Marketing

Generally you need to Tax compliance info for 5 years and needproof in form of electronic or printed copy of every payment you claim against.