Work related expenses are the simplest form of deductions to maximise you individual tax return. The following have to apply in order to claim work related expenses as a deduction:
- you must have spent the money yourself, and the expenses were not reimbursed
- the expenses must directly relate to you earning your income
- you must keep a record to prove your expenses
If the expense incurred was for both private and work purposes, you can only claim as a deduction only the work-related portion. If you were reimbursed for your work-related expenses by your employer, then you can not claim these expenses as a tax deduction.
The Australian Tax Office can request further information from your employer if the ATO think you have claimed a deduction for work-related expenses that you have already been reimbursed for.
You may be able to claim a deduction for expenses that directly relate to your work, including: