Taxing times

Picture by Bill McCauley of the Herald Sun

For those of you living in Australia,  we are slowly grinding towards the end of the Australian financial year (June 30).  Which means its time to start thinking about your tax…   Oh joy!

One (possibly very small) source of tax deductions you might have forgotten, are apps purchased through online stores like iTunes. Every app you have bought could possibly be tax-deductible!  Ok probably not Angry Birds… but possibly apps like Keynote or Tomtom for iPhone.

But sadly I have been woeful at keeping those receipt emails that Apple have kindly been sending me, which got me thinking about how I could get them back.
A quick consult of the Apple FAQ revealed no reprint facility… but it turns out the iTunes store remembers every purchase back to at least (in my case) 2005.   Just start iTunes,  sign in, choose the option to view your Account Information, look for your Purchase History and expand the See All section.

You should see a list of all your purchases, the date you made them and the cost.  For each one you can hit the small arrow I have highlighted to bring up what looks like your original receipt.  Nice!

But bizarrely the print option is grayed out to stop you printing them!   DUH!  So you will need to screen print each receipt.   If you are reading this on a Mac, you can do selective screen print by holding down the Command and Shift keys and then hitting the 4 key.

Note I am not a tax accountant, so I recommend you screen print the receipts you are missing and take them all with you when you visit your favourite tax professional.

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About Anthony Vandewerdt

I am an IT Professional who lives and works in Melbourne Australia. This blog is totally my own work. It does not represent the views of any corporation. Constructive and useful comments are very very welcome.
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