Tax Deductions for Administrative and Clerical Employees

It’s important you’re aware of all the tax deduction available to you – nobody wants to pay more tax than they have to! As an administrative or clerical employee, the majority of tax deductions to which you are eligible are related to out-of-pocket expenses incurred during the year, which are directly related to your income generating activities. We’ve compiled a list of a few ways you can save yourself some money.

Tax Deductions for Administrative and Clerical Employees:

Meals and Travel 

  • If you work between two offices you can the expense of travelling between these two locations.
  • If you have to travel overnight make sure you keep all receipts. You can claim meals, transport costs and accommodation costs if you have to travel overnight for work.
  • While you can’t claim the costs of using your own car to travel to work, you can claim the cost of using your car for work-related reasons, such as running work related errands (like picking up materials and stationery).

For more information on tax rebates for vehicles, visit: Vehicle Tax Deductions

Tax Deductions for Administrative and Clerical Employees:

 Work and Protective Clothing 

  • You can claim against the cost of purchasing work-uniforms, as long as you keep receipts and can prove the clothing is necessary for work. It’s helpful if your work uniform carries a logo.
  • The cost of laundering and repairing your uniform can also be claimed as a tax deduction.
  • Protective equipment and clothing is also tax deductible.

For more information, visit Uniform Claims.

 Tax Deductions for Administrative and Clerical Employees: Training 

  • You can claim any work-related training, such as OHS courses, first aid and bookkeeping courses.
  • You can claim any associated cost with training, such as accommodation, travel, food and equipment costs.
  • You can claim any costs associated with self-education, as long as it doesn’t come under HECS or takes place in a TAFE.

For more information, visit: Self-Education Claims

Tax Deductions for Administrative and Clerical Employees: Work Tools and Equipment

  • You can claim the cost of buying and repairing work-related equipment such as stationary, laptops, blackberries or mobile phones.
  • You can claim the cost of work-related books, magazines and journals.
  • You can claim the cost of work-related internet usage and other bills (phone, rent, electricity) if you do a percentage of your work from home.
  • If you perform some of your work from your home office, you may be able to claim a deduction for the costs you incur. The Taxation office allows a deduction of $0.52 per hour to cover the expenses of heating, cooling, lighting and depreciation of general office furniture such as chair and desk.

Tax Deductions for Administrative and Clerical Employees: General Expenses 

  • You can claim the expense of going to a tax expert (that’s us!)
  • You can claim against the premiums you pay for income protection insurance premiums that are paid by yourself and not paid via your superannuation fund.
  • You can claim the cost of work association fees, such as union fees.

These are just a few examples of how you can save money based on your vocation. Get in touch with Online Tax Australia and discover even more ways you can keep a bit more money in your wallet on June 30. Just remember to keep documented evidence of all the above expenses so Online Tax Australia can get you the best return at tax time.

7 Great Reasons to Choose Us

  1. Comfort that an experienced, professional tax agent checks every return before its lodged with the ATO.
  2. Access to professional, experienced, qualified, transparent accountants who will answer all your questions and provide jargon-free advice.
  3. Convenient, fast and simple to use software exclusive to OTA.
  4. Tax returns can be completed in 15 minutes from the comfort of your home or office.
  5. Affordable, fixed price fee (which is completely tax deductible). Tax refunds within 10 to 14 days from lodgement (subject to ATO processing).
  6. Safe, secure, ATO-approved website that is operated with absolute integrity.
  7. Free to try. No obligation. Should you complete a return and decide not to submit it for review and lodgement by us then no fee is payable.

Contact Online Tax Australia for All Your Online Tax Return Needs

If you’ve been searching for an experienced, professionally qualified, transparent accountant that truly understands tax rules and regulations in relation to administrative and clerical employees, then contact the friendly team at Online Tax Australia today: