Experts who diagnose, maintain, and repair vehicles and other machinery are known as mechanics in Australia. They are employed in a range of places, like as dealerships, service stations, and auto repair businesses.
If you work as a mechanic, you must be aware of all the tax deductions you can claim.
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 the clothes you purchase for work has your employer’s emblem on it, you may claim the cost of that item.
Some protective clothing items, such as overalls, gloves, goggles, masks, harnesses, helmets, steel-capped boots, high visibility vests, and winter outdoor jackets, may be claimed as a tax deduction. Sun protection gear includes sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and sun-protective shirts and jackets.
Any of the aforementioned work-related or protective clothing that you rent, fix, or clean can be written off.
EQUIPMENT AND TOOLS
Typical tools and equipment that qualify for a tax deduction include:
- Tools, electronic planners, laptop computers, and mobile phones are examples of equipment.
- The things you purchase for use at work, such as safety gear, first aid kits, a backpack, or a belt bag.
- Office supplies, a diary, a logbook, a work bag, or a briefcase
OTHER WORK-RELATED EXPENSES
Other costs associated with work that may be deducted from income include:
- Union Fees
- Fees for maintaining tickets and licences for operating machinery that are necessary for your job (other than a standard driver’s licence).
- Books, magazines and journals
- Telephone and internet fees (for the work-related portion only)
Additionally, there are a number of general tax deductions that are open to everyone regardless of profession or occupation, such as:
- 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.