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You can claim a deduction for the cost of travel while performing your duties. This includes travel between different work locations, including for different employers. Normal trips between home and work are private in nature and can’t be claimed. This applies even if you:
In limited circumstances, you may be able to claim the cost of trips between home and work, but only if you:
– your employer requires you to transport the equipment for work
– the equipment is essential to earning your income
– there is no secure area to store the equipment at the work location
– the equipment is bulky – at least 20kg – and difficult to transport.
If you claim car expenses, you must:
Your vehicle is not considered to be a car if it is a vehicle with a carrying capacity of:
In these circumstances (eg if you use a ute) you can claim the proportion of your vehicle expenses that relate to work – such as fuel, oil, insurance, repairs and servicing, car loan interest, registration and depreciation.
Keep receipts for your actual expenses. You cannot use the cents per kilometre method for these vehicles and must use a logbook to show your work-related use.
If you are required to travel away from home overnight for work, you can claim a deduction for accommodation and meal expenses.
Receiving an allowance from your employer does not automatically entitle you to a deduction. You need to be able to show you were away overnight for work and you spent the money.
You can claim a deduction for:
You can’t claim a deduction for plain clothing worn at work, even if your employer tells you to wear it or you only wear it for work (eg jeans or a plain shirt).
You can claim a deduction for tools or equipment you are required to buy for your job.
If you also use the tools or equipment for private purposes, you can’t claim a deduction for that use. For example, if you have a tool set that you use for private purposes half the time you can only deduct 50% of the cost. If the tools or equipment are supplied by your employer or another person, you can’t claim a deduction. If a tool or item of work equipment you only used for work:
Other common deductible expenses Other work-related expenses you can claim include:
Remember, you can only claim the work-related part of the expense.