If you’re employed as a fire fighter, there are a range of tax deductions available for you. By keeping relevant receipts throughout the entire tax year, and understanding what you’re entitled to you can get yourself a much healthier tax return.
We know that your tax return is probably the last thing on your mind so we thought we’d help you out by compiling a summary of what you can claim on your tax come June 30.
Tax Deductions for Fire Fighters: Meals and Travel and Use of Motor Vehicle
- You can claim the expense for meals when working overtime, as long as you’ve been paid an allowance under an industry award arrangement.
- You can claim the cost of parking, tolls, taxis and public transport when attending conferences, seminars, meetings and training courses or travelling between two stations.
- You may claim the cost of your personal car if it is used for work purposes, including travel to meetings, conferences or training that is not held at your usual place of work, or to visit your patients at their homes. If you do plan on claiming the cost of using your personal vehicle, you will need to keep a diary of trips in order to provide an estimate of the number of kilometres travelled.
For more information motor vehicle claims, visit: Vehicle Tax Deductions.
Tax Deductions for Fire Fighters: Work Clothing
- You can claim the expense of buying, repairing and laundering your work uniform. For example, shirts, jumpers, pants and hats that bear a logo.
- You can claim the expense of purchasing and repairing protective equipment, such as overalls, gloves, masks and boots.
- You can also claim the cost of purchasing sun-protective items, such as sunglasses and hats.
For more information, visit: Uniform Claims.
Tax Deductions for Fire Fighters: Training
- You can claim the expense of attending work-related training courses (first aid, OHS, working at heights etc.) and conferences. This includes course fees, books, stationary etc.
- You can claim the cost of accommodation and meal expenses if you have to stay overnight to attend.
For more information, visit: Self-Education Claims.
Tax Deductions for Fire Fighters: Work Equipment
- You can claim the cost of buying and repairing equipment and materials and supplies you use for work, including rescue equipment, safety equipment, tools, binoculars and whistles.
Tax Deductions for Fire Fighters: Other Expenses
- You can claim the cost of renewing union fees, but not the initial sign up fee.
- You can claim the cost of purchasing work related magazines, journals and periodicals.
- You can claim the cost of professional memberships and subscriptions.
- You can claim the cost of renewing licenses and tickets you need in order to be a firefighter.
- Internet access for work use (claim the business portion of the total cost)
- Phone calls for work use (claim the business portion of the total cost)
- The Cost of managing your tax affairs.
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