Claiming work-related expenses


Claiming work-related expenses

Now that 30 June has passed, you may be thinking about getting your tax information together to prepare your tax return. When working out what deductions you are going to claim, it is important to consider whether or not you are entitled to claim those deductions. The ATO are paying attention to people who are over-claiming work-related expenses.

When claiming a tax deduction, you need to satisfy the following rules:

  • you must have spent the money and were not reimbursed
  • it must be directly related to earning your income, and not of a private nature
  • you must have a record to prove it.

You should consider the following:

  • you need to consider if your employer would confirm the expenses were required to earn your income and that you were not reimbursed
  • you are not automatically entitled to claim standard deductions. Exceptions to keeping written evidence makes things simpler (for example using the cents per kilometre method for car expenses), but you still need to have spent the money and be able to show how you worked out your claims.
  • receiving an allowance from your employer does not necessarily entitle you to a deduction.


For more information on specific deductions you can claim, see: