Retail – 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 retail industry.

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. You can’t claim a deduction for the cost of buying or cleaning plain clothing worn at work, even if it’s sold at the store you work for.

Meal expenses: You can claim a deduction for overtime meals on occasions where; you worked overtime and took an overtime meal break, and your employer paid you an overtime meal allowance under industry law.

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

Other possible deductions include:

  • Cost of seminars and conferences
  • Union and professional association fees
  • Technical or professional publications
  • Telephone and internet usage

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