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It’s tax time! It pays to learn what work-related expenses you can claim.

Do you know what you can and can’t claim during tax time? Lodging your tax return is easy with the ATO’s work-related expenses guide for tradies. Download the summary guide here.

When completing your tax return, you may be able to claim deductions for some work-related expenses. 

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. Common deductions for apprentices can include: 

  • Car expenses
  • Clothing, and tools and equipment expenses
  • Self-education expenses

 Remember to report all income in your tax return and remove any portion of your expense that is not work-related. 

For more information, or to download the guides available for specific occupations, visit http://www.ato.gov.au/occupation21