Work Related Expenses

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: