Tradies – 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 are a tradesperson.

Travel expenses: If you are required to travel away from home overnight for work, you can claim a deduction for accommodation and meal expenses. Even possible incidental expenses.

Clothing expenses: You can claim a deduction for the cost of buying, mending and cleaning uniforms that are unique and distinctive to your job. Or protective clothing you are required to wear for your safety.

Car expenses: You can claim a deduction for the cost of travel while performing your duties. This includes travel between different work locations, including for different employers. Normal trips between home and work are private in nature and can’t be claimed. In limited circumstances, you may be able to claim the cost of trips between home and work when carrying bulky tools and there is no secure area to store them at the work location.

Tools are regarded as bulky if they are at least 20kgs and difficult to transport.

Tools and equipment expenses: You can claim a deduction for tools or equipment you are required to buy for your job. Assuming the equipment is essential to earning your income and that there is no private portion usage.

Other possible deductions include:

  • Protective equipment such as sunscreen, hats and glasses
  • Union fees
  • Telephone
  • Home Office