Taxbalance Wodonga And Albury Tax Tips - Defence Force Personnel Tax Claims
Fees for Defence Personnel are discounted by $20 from our standard fees. Fees start from $135*
Uniforms - keep your Q Store Receipts!
- Laundry or dry cleaning of your uniforms
- Protective clothing (such as wet weather gear, safety or hi visibility vests, safety gloves, safety goggles, masks, steel-capped boots, gum boots or sun protection clothing)
- Military uniform (Such as military coloured shirts with rank or other embellishments, standard matching trousers, regulation jumpers and jackets, official mess uniform, hats or caps with rank or other embellishments, service dress shoes, handbags and clutch bags, socks and stockings, and camouflage shirt and trousers)
Repairing your uniforms
- Sun protection items, including sunscreen, hats and sunglasses for work outdoors.
Note: You cannot claim runners or gym shoes as a deduction as they are not ‘uniform’ expenses, the exception being Special Forces Training.
Training or education
- If you are studying, you can also claim for the cost of books, stationery, equipment and travel required for your course. This includes self-education courses conducted by a university (not including HECS/HELP payments) or TAFE. The Government is looking to cap these kinds of claims in the future.
- Claims on short training courses provided the course directly relates to your current occupation (you can also claim for the cost of travelling to and from the course and any accommodation and meal expenses if you are required to stay away overnight).
Work Tools & Equipment
- Tools, electronic organisers, laptop computers and mobile phones where you can prove that you use these items for work.
- Stopwatch or other watches with special characteristics (for example for diving).
- Insurance of your tools and equipment.
- Professional publications & Membership fees if they relate to your current work.
- Reference Books or journals that relate to your current work.
- Mobile or home telephone calls and rental (you should keep a diary record of the number of phone calls you make for work for a minimum of one month and then we can use that to estimate your usage for the whole year).
- Internet connection fees (you can only claim the proportion of your monthly fees that relate to work use, which could include emailing and research relating to your job or training).
- Home office expenses where you complete work at home (you should keep a diary to record how many hours per week you spend working from your home office for a minimum of one month).