As a delivery driver in Australia, there are several tax deductions you may be eligible for. However, please note that it’s important to consult with a qualified tax professional for specific advice tailored to your individual circumstances.
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 delivery drivers in Australia may be eligible for:
- Vehicle expenses: Delivery drivers often use their vehicles extensively for work purposes. You may be able to claim deductions for expenses related to your vehicle, including fuel costs, servicing and maintenance, insurance premiums, registration fees, and depreciation. It’s important to keep a logbook or other records to substantiate your work-related car usage.
- Meals and snacks: If you are required to eat meals or purchase snacks while on the job, you may be able to claim deductions for these expenses. However, it’s essential to keep records, such as receipts, to support your claims.
- Mobile phone and internet usage: If you use your mobile phone or internet connection for work-related purposes, you may be able to claim a portion of the expenses as a deduction. This can include the cost of phone calls, data usage, and monthly service fees. You should keep records of your work-related usage and apportion the expenses accordingly.
- Protective clothing and equipment: If you are required to wear protective clothing or use specific equipment for your delivery work, such as high-visibility vests, helmets, or gloves, you can claim a deduction for the cost of purchasing and cleaning these items.
- Union and professional association fees: If you are a member of a union or professional association relevant to your occupation as a delivery driver, the membership fees you pay can be claimed as a deduction.
- Training and education: If you undertake any training or courses to enhance your skills as a delivery driver, the associated costs may be tax deductible. This can include course fees, textbooks, and travel expenses if required.
Remember to keep accurate records and receipts for all your work-related expenses to support your claims. Additionally, deductions can only be claimed for expenses that you have personally paid for 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.