Sales and marketing- What you can claim at tax time.

Below is a quick guide of what you may be able to claim in your tax return if you work in the sales and marketing industry.

Car expenses: You can claim a deduction when you drive between separate jobs on the same day. Or driving to and from your workplace on the same day – for example to client meetings.

Clothing expenses: You can claim a deduction for the cost of buying, hiring, mending or cleaning certain uniforms that are unique and distinctive to your job (logo). You can’t claim a deduction for the cost of buying or cleaning plain clothing worn at work, even if your employer tells you to wear it – for example a business suit.

Travel expenses: You can claim a deduction for travel expenses if you are required to travel overnight and don’t attend your usual work location – eg for a sales conference, provided the cost was incurred while carrying out your work duties. This could include meals, accommodation, fares and incidental expenses that you incurred.

Self-education: You can claim for self-education expenses if your course relates directly to your current job – for example a marketing course.

Home office expenses: You can claim a percentage of the running costs of your home office if you have to work from home, including depreciation of office equipment. Work-related phone calls and internet access charges, and electricity for heating, cooling and lighting costs. You generally can’t claim the cost of rates, mortgage interest, rent and insurance

If you are required to purchase equipment for your work and it costs more than $300, you can claim a deduction for this cost spread over a number of years (depreciation)