When completing your tax return, you're entitled to claim deductions for some expenses, most of which are directly related to earning your income.
To claim a work-related deduction:
You must have spent the money yourself and weren't reimbursed
It must directly relate to earning your income
You must have a record to prove it
If the expense was for both work and private purposes, you can only claim a deduction for the work-related portion. Work expenses reimbursed to you by your employer are not deductible.
You may be able to claim a deduction for expenses that directly relate to your work, including:
Vehicle and travel expenses – including travel between work and home
Clothing, laundry and dry-cleaning expenses
Home office expenses
Mobile phone, internet and home phone expense
Tools, equipment and other equipment
Other work-related deductions
Employees (including casuals) can claim work-related expenses in the financial year they are incurred. This is the case even if you start employment in June but don’t receive income until the next financial year, you can claim deductions for work-related expenses incurred in June.
If you employ someone to assist you in your employment, you cannot claim a deduction for employing that person.
Australian tax laws are complex. So while it’s certainly possible to complete and lodge your own income tax, you can miss out on deductions or rebates you’re entitled to.
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