Youth Allowance recipients to receive boost to student finances

Approximately 45,000 university attendees could be set to receive a boost to their student finances through a tax deduction of $550.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) revealed that those affected will be people who received welfare in the 2011 year, yet who have also incurred expenses as a result of studying, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

Michael D'Ascenzo, tax commissioner, commented: "Where we can, we want to make it simple and convenient for people to receive their entitlement and we recognise many eligible taxpayers may not have kept records of their expenses."

The move by the ATO comes after a trainee teacher was permitted to deduct study expenses against her Youth Allowance following a High Court ruling last year.

Among the expenses students will be permitted to claim for include short-term travel, text books and training courses.

This comes after Monash University Student Association president Imogen Sturni told the Sydney Morning Herald that putting lectures online may help those who are struggling with their financial situation while studying.

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