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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 apprentices. For helpful information on which expenses can and cannot be claimed at tax time, download this summary guide.

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