10. Tax deduction FAQ for tradies
Yes, you can claim a deduction for expenses covered by award transport payments. Of course, this only applies if the expenses are for work-related travel and you have spent the money.
Unfortunately not. Childcare is a private expense, they have no direct connection to earning your income.
Generally no. However, you can claim a tax deduction for special licenses or conditions on your license that relate to your work, such as a heavy vehicle permit.
No, you can’t claim a tax deduction for things like speeding tickets and parking fines.
Yes, you can claim a tax deduction for the cost of first aid training. However, you need to be a designated first aid person and the course needs to be completed in regards to assisting in emergency work situations.
You can't claim a tax deduction if your employer pays for the course, or reimburses you for it.
Yes, but you can only claim a tax deduction for the cost of protective glasses. Protective means that you wear them to reduce the real and likely risk of illness or injury while working. They include anti-glare or photochromatic glasses, sunglasses, safety glasses or goggles.
You can only claim a deduction for the work-related use of the eye protection in question.
You can't claim a tax deduction for standard prescription glasses or contact lenses, even if you wear them at work.
Yes, you can claim a tax deduction for things like electricity, depreciation of equipment or furniture, and phone/internet expenses. You can only claim for the additional costs incurred by working from home. You can’t claim for general household items or food and drink.
Learn more about claiming home office expenses on the ATO website.
Only for renewals. You can claim a deduction for the additional costs you incur to get or renew these licenses and permits in order to continue your job. You can't claim tax back on the cost of getting your initial licence, regulatory permit, cards or certificates in order to get a job.
No. These are generally private expenses. However, you can claim a deduction for the cost of a meal when you work overtime if all of the following apply:
- You get the overtime meal under an industrial law, award or agreement.
- The overtime meal allowance is on your income statement as a separate allowance.
- You include the overtime meal allowance as income in your tax return.
Yes, but only if you can show a direct connection between the content and your work. The content must be specific to your type of work, not general in nature.
Yes, you can claim a tax deduction for parking fees and tolls on work-related trips between two separate places of work. You can’t claim for parking fees and tolls between your home and work.
Yes, you can claim for work-related use of a mobile phone. If you're not claiming more than $50 total, you do not need to keep records. If you wish to claim more than $50, you need to keep records. This could be an itemised bill where you can identify your work-related calls and data use.
You can’t claim a deduction if your employer pays for your usage, or reimburses you.
Yes, you can claim a tax deduction if you wear certain items to protect yourself from the real and likely risk of injury or illness at work. Protective items can include safety glasses, helmets and breathing masks. You can’t claim if your employer provides the equipment or reimburses you for the purchase.
Yes, you can claim a tax deduction for repairs to tools and equipment you use for work. If you also use them for private reasons, you can only claim the percentage you use them for work.
Yes, you can claim a tax deduction for the cost of seminars, conferences and training courses as long as they directly relate to your work as a tradesperson or apprentice.
You can also claim the cost of travel, accommodation and meals.
Yes, you can claim a tax deduction for these items if you work in the sun for extended periods and need them to protect yourself from the real and likely risk of illness or injury while at work.
Yes, you can claim for union and professional association fees.