In Australia, cleaners may be eligible for certain tax deductions related to their work expenses. For specific advice regarding your personal circumstances, it’s always recommended to consult with a qualified tax professional.
Before claiming a tax deduction, you need to meet the following conditions imposed by the ATO:
- you must have spent the money
- you weren’t reimbursed
- the expense must directly relate to earning your income
- you must have a record to prove that you incurred the expense
If your expense is a mixture of personal and work, you may only claim the work-related portion of it. More importantly, you may not claim an expense if you do not have a record of it.
Here are some common tax deductions that cleaners in Australia may be eligible for:
- Work-related expenses: You can claim deductions for expenses directly related to your work as a cleaner. This may include the cost of purchasing and maintaining cleaning equipment, such as vacuum cleaners, mops, buckets, cleaning solutions, gloves, and uniforms.
- Protective clothing: If you are required to wear protective clothing, such as gloves, safety boots, or aprons, you can claim a deduction for the cost of purchasing and cleaning these items.
- Vehicle expenses: If you use your vehicle for work-related purposes, such as traveling to different job sites or transporting cleaning equipment, you may be able to claim deductions for the expenses incurred. This can include fuel costs, vehicle maintenance and repairs, registration fees, and insurance premiums. You will need to keep a record of your work-related car usage, such as a logbook or diary.
- Union and professional association fees: If you are a member of a union or professional association related to your cleaning work, the fees you pay for membership can be claimed as a deduction.
- Training and education: If you undertake any training or courses to improve your skills as a cleaner, the associated costs may be tax deductible. This can include the course fees, textbooks, travel expenses, and accommodation if required.
It’s important to keep detailed records and receipts for all your work-related expenses to support your claims. Additionally, deductions can only be claimed for expenses that you have paid for personally and are not reimbursed by your employer.
It’s important to note that to claim these deductions, you must keep accurate records of your expenses, including receipts and invoices. Additionally, you should seek advice from a qualified tax professional to ensure that you are claiming the correct deductions and meeting all the necessary requirements.
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.