Office workers – 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 an office worker.

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. 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, and even if you only wear it for work, for example- a business suit.

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.

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.

Other possible deductions include:

  • Cost of seminars and conferences
  • Union and professional association fees
  • Professional publications