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Furnish your pockets with the funds claimed from tax depreciation

Furnish your pockets with the funds claimed from depreciation Often property investors rent out their property fully furnished. Depreciating furniture can add thousands of dollars to the owners depreciation claim. The below table provides an example of the difference that claiming depreciation on a $16,000 furniture package could make to an investor who purchased a two bedroom two bathroom unit: It is important that a specialist Quantity Surveyor prepares a tax depreciation schedule for an investment property before the owner lodges their tax return. A Quantity Surveyor will carry out an inspection on the property to identify more plant and [...]

Depreciation for renovations made easy

Investment property owners often miss out on thousands of dollars due to two main reasons: They don’t know what depreciation entitlements they can claim for renovations or refurbishments to their investment property They don’t use a qualified Quantity Surveyor to prepare a tax depreciation schedule Follow the steps below to ensure your tax depreciation schedule is right the first time around. Understand scrapping Scrapping refers to the removal and disposal of any potentially depreciable asset from an investment property. When worn or old assets (like carpet and hot water systems) are replaced and scrapped, the owner of the property may [...]

Hairdresser – claiming work-related expenses

Hairdresser - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a hairdresser employee. Other work-related expenses Capital allowances You can claim a deduction, called a capital allowance, for the decline in value of equipment used for work. If the equipment is also used for private purposes, you cannot claim a deduction for that part of the decline in value. You cannot claim a deduction if the equipment is supplied by your employer or any other person. Generally, the amount of your deduction depends on the effective life of the equipment. Equipment costing [...]

Nurse, midwife and direct carer – claiming work-related expenses

Nurse, midwife and direct carer - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a nurse, midwife and direct carer employee. Firstly, look at the particular rule of reportable fringe benefits for this field. Reportable fringe benefits Your employer is required to report the total grossed-up amount of certain fringe benefits exceeding $2,000 provided to you or your relatives on your payment summary. Car expenses There are four ways to work out your car expenses. The four methods are: Cents per kilometre Logbook 12% of original value One-third of actual expenses For [...]

Deductions for Specific Industries

Introduction to Deductions When completing your tax return, you're entitled to claim deductions for some expenses depending on employee industries, most of which are directly related to earning your income. To claim a work-related deduction: you must have spent the money yourself and weren't reimbursed it must be related to your job you must have a record to prove it (there are some limited exceptions) If the expense was for both work and private purposes, you can only claim a deduction for the work-related portion Deductions you can claim for Specific Industries In order to get the best Tax Refund, [...]

Truck drivers – claiming work-related expenses

Truck driver - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a truck driver. First of all, three types of truck driver need to be determined before look into those deduction rules. Short-haul or local drivers and long-haul drivers Short-haul or local drivers usually return home at the end of a day's work. A long-haul driver usually sleeps away from home in the course of driving the truck. Allowances The most common allowances paid to an employee truck driver are: Overtime meal allowance Travel allowance includes meal In the trucking industry, a [...]

Lawyers – Maximising your deductions

Lawyers Work-related expenses Did you have expenses relating to your work as an employee? Here is a list of expenses commonly incurred by employee lawyers. You cannot claim costs met by your employer or costs that are reimbursed. Capital allowances You can claim a deduction, called a capital allowance, for the decline in value of equipment used for work. If the equipment is also used for private purposes, you cannot claim a deduction for that part of the decline in value. You cannot claim a deduction if the equipment is supplied by your employer or any other person. Generally, the [...]

Travel agent employees – claiming work-related expenses

Travel agent employees - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a travel agent employee. Travel expenses As a travel agent you may undertake travel as part of your work or travel to a range of destinations during your annual leave or educational leave. Travel while on leave is often referred to as educational or familiarisation travel. Therefore, in a general rule: Travel expenses on work travel are deductible and travel expenses on a holiday are not deductible Travel expenses associated with attending conferences, seminars and training courses are usually for [...]

Shop assistants employee – claiming work-related expenses

Shop assistants employee - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a shop assistants employee. Capital allowances You can claim a deduction, called a capital allowance, for the decline in value of equipment used for work. Normally, the amount of your deduction depends on the effective life of the equipment. If the equipment is also used for private purposes, you cannot claim a deduction for that part of the decline in value. You cannot claim a deduction if the equipment is supplied by your employer or any other person. Equipment costing [...]

Sales and marketing manager – claiming work-related expenses

Sales and marketing manager - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a sales and marketing manager employee. Daily travel expenses You can claim a deduction for the cost of transporting bulky tools and equipment between home and work if: You need to use them at work There is no secure area for storing them at your workplace You can claim a deduction for the cost of travelling between workplaces on the same day, including: Different workplaces for the same employer Separate places of employment You can claim the cost of [...]

Real estate employees – claiming work-related expenses

Real estate employees - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a real estate employee. Daily travel expenses Travel expenses that you claim must directly relate to your work as an employee, including: Car expenses Bridge and road tolls Expenses for motorcycles and vehicles Public transport such as taxi fares Short-term car hire Actual expenses like any petrol, oil and repair cost Parking fees Generally, the cost of normal trips between your home and work is not claimable as an income tax deduction. However, as an employee in the [...]

Plumber employees – claiming work-related expenses

Plumber employees - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a plumber employee. Firstly, as a plumber you cannot claim a deduction for expenses you incur if those expenses are reimbursed to you by your employer. Secondly, you must keep written evidence, like receipts, for work-related expenses that total amount is more than $300. Even the total amount is less than $300, you still need to ensure all the claims are reasonable without receipts. Transport expenses Any travel expenses you claim must directly relate to your work as an employee. These [...]

Journalists – Work-Related Deductions

Journalists Work-related expenses Did you have expenses relating to your work as an employee? Here is a list of expenses commonly incurred by employee journalists. You cannot claim costs met by your employer or costs that are reimbursed. Capital allowances You can claim a deduction, called a capital allowance, for the decline in value of equipment used for work. If the equipment is also used for private purposes, you cannot claim a deduction for that part of the decline in value. You cannot claim a deduction if the equipment is supplied by your employer or any other person. Generally, the [...]

Mining site employees – claiming work-related expenses

Mining site employees - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a mining site employee. Car expenses for vehicles under one tonne You cannot claim deductions for your car expenses from home to work even if: you work outside normal business hours you are on call you did minor work-related tasks on the way to work or home you live a long distance from work, or there is no public transport available. Travel from the mine site security checkpoint to the parking area is part of your home to work travel. [...]

Deductions for mechanical, automotive and electrical tradespersons – claiming work-related expenses

Deductions for mechanical, automotive and electrical tradespersons - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a mechanical, automotive or electrical tradesperson. Car expenses Home to work travel is only deductible in limited circumstances. Examples include where you: had to carry bulky equipment (heavy tools or machinery) that you used for work and could not leave at work were engaged in itinerant work. Work-related expenses incurred in driving between work sites, making deliveries, undertaking client visits or site inspections, and driving errands while on duty (but not minor errands between home and [...]