Hairdresser or beauty therapist – 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 in the hair and beauty industry.

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. For example – seminars, training or industry promotion.

Clothing expenses: You can claim a deduction for the cost of buying, mending and cleaning uniforms that are unique and distinctive to your job. For example – face masks and gloves.

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.

Self-education expenses: You can claim a deduction for self-education expenses if your course relates directly to your current job. For example – advanced styling, colouring or cutting courses.

Tools and equipment: You can claim a deduction for the cost of tools and equipment that you use for work, such as hair cutting and hair styling tools. If you use the tools and equipment for work-related purposes as well as private purposes – for example, you cut your family’s hair with your scissors at home – you can only claim a deduction for your work-related use
of the tools and equipment.

Other possible deductions include:

  • Mobile phone calls
  • Union and professional association fees
  • Professional and technical publications
  • Cost of repairing your tools and equipment used for work

You can’t claim a deduction for hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and
skin care products and other beauty products, even if your employer tells you to use them – they are personal expenses.