Tax law describes income that is assessed as all amounts that are ordinary income except that which is specifically exempted. Everything that is not exempt income generally forms income and can be referenced at the ato’s web site


Tax laws are complicated but I like to suggest a simplified general rule for

Step 1 Did you purchase something that relates to your income?
Step 2 Was it private, capital or domestic?
If No then you have a chance at making a claim.
(Bring the evidence to us and we check that you can make the claim)

Common Work Deductions

Tax law is complicated and to help you with this we have provided the guidance below that you should use with the recommendation that you also seek help from us with these claims at the time that we are preparing you tax return.

Work related car expenses

Claimed if you use your own car for your job examples include:-

  • Carrying bulky tools and there is no storage at your work
  • Travel to a conference
  • Deliveries or collect materials
  • Travel between two jobs (Not from home)
  • Perform itinerant work.


  • If claimed correctly this is one of the best deductions.
  • There are two methods for cars “log book” & “cents per km”
  • The tip here is to keep a logbook.
  • This can be completed by and app like mile catcher
  • You must take down the odometer reading at the start of your logbook.
  • You must also take the odometer reading at the start of the financial year.
  • You generally can’t claim travel between work and home.
  • You can’t claim if your vehicle has been salary sacrificed.

Travel Expenses

  • You can generally claim meals, accommodation and incidentals if you travel and stay overnight.
  • Claim the cost of a borrowed vehicle or other vehicle (truck, motor bike etc).
  • Air, bus, train, tram & ride share.
  • Tolls, car park and car hire.

Clothing and Laundry

Protective clothing
This is clothing that protects you from above average risk while you are at work.
Examples of this are:-
Steel capped boots, non-slip nurses shoes, overalls and white coats for doctors, heavy duty trousers and shirts, clothes that have a high density weave which gives a UV rating to protect users from the sun while they are working outdoors.

Compulsory Uniform
Clothing that distinctly identifies the employers organization.
Three conditions to be satisfied are the employer has an express policy, all employees in that class must wear the uniform and the policy must be enforced.

Non-Compulsory Uniform
Uniform that the employee wears that is registered with AusIndustry i.e. has a logo.

Occupation specific
Clothing that relates to you to your trade i.e. chefs checked pants

Conventional clothing
Simply not deductible

Laundry & Dry Cleaning
You my claim if it relates to the laundry of your deductible uniform as listed above.
You may claim up to $150 without written evidence only if all other work related expenses are less then $300. The reasonable amount to claim is $1 per load.
Tip A safe way to make this claim is to keep your laundry receipts.

 Self Education

These are related to a course of education provided from a school, college or university. It is used to gain a formal qualification. You can only claim this if you are currently employed and what you are studying relates to your employment to maintain and improve that skill.
We usually have to assess this on a case by case and examples are:-
 Business coaching and business development courses, tuition fees under fee-help, os-help, vet fee-help, cost of text books, student union fees, transport between home and the institution.
Tip You can not make a claim for course fees or associated expenses if they are subsidized with HECS-help, HELP, SFSS, SSL or TSL.

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