Childcare workers are professionals who provide care and education to children in a variety of settings, including childcare centers, family day care homes, and before and after school care programs. They may work full-time or part-time and are typically employed on a permanent or casual basis.
If you are a childcare worker, then you need to know your tax deduction entitlements
AT A GLANCE
- Overtime meal expenses
- Travel expenses
- Car expenses
- Uniforms and protective clothing
- Equipment and tools
- Other work-related expenses
- General Expenses
OVERTIME MEAL EXPENSES
If you receive a meal allowance from your employer that is based on an industrial legislation, award, or agreement and that allowance is reflected separately on your PAYG certificate, you may be able to claim the cost of meals when working overtime. Without keeping receipts, you can claim the full cost of the meal or the maximum allowed by the Australian Taxation Office. Any amounts claimed in excess of that must be accompanied by receipts.
If you are going to or from meetings, seminars, conferences, or training that are not being held at your regular place of employment, you may be able to claim the cost of your trip (including any parking, tolls, taxis, and public transportation).
If you must spend the night away from home for the reasons mentioned above, you may be able to claim a tax deduction for the cost of your lodging and any meals you ate.
If you use your personal vehicle for work-related activities, such as travelling to conferences, meetings, or training sessions held away from your regular workplace, you may be able to deduct the cost of the vehicle. You must keep a log of your journey distance if you do intend to claim the cost of utilising your personal vehicle.
UNIFORMS AND PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
If it bears the emblem of your workplace, you may deduct the expense of specific work attire.
You can deduct a few pieces of protective apparel from your taxes, including sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, gloves, masks, and gumboots.
Any of the aforementioned qualified work-related or protective apparel can be claimed, together with the expense of renting, maintaining, and cleaning it.
EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS
Typical tools and equipment that qualify for a tax deduction include:
- Tools, musical instruments, electronic planners, laptop computers, and mobile phones are examples of equipment.
- Materials or materials you purchase for use at work, including instructional aids, awards, art and craft supplies, toys, food, and hygiene.
- pens, a diary, a work bag, or a briefcase
OTHER WORK-RELATED EXPENSES
There are a few other work-related expenses that may be claimed as tax deductions including:
- Membership fees
- Books, Magazines and Journals
- Telephone and internet fees (for the work-related portion only)
- Cash or bar shortages
- Home office expenses
There is also a range of general tax deductions, available to all regardless of profession or occupation, including:
- Conference and seminar fees
- Tax agent fees
- Donations to registered charities
- Income Protection Insurance
This article is for general information only. It does not make recommendations nor does it provide advice to address your personal circumstances. To make an informed decision, always contact a registered tax professional.