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FBT exemptions for work-related electronic devices

FBT exemptions for work-related electronic devices From 1 April 2016, your small business clients can provide their employees with multiple work-related devices without incurring a fringe benefits tax (FBT) liability. The devices can include: laptops tablets calculators GPS navigation receivers mobile phones. Your clients can purchase the devices at any time, but can't give them to their employees until 1 April 2016 or they will be liable for FBT. This benefit may be in addition to or part of the employee’s salary or wages package. To be eligible, your client's business must have an annual turnover of less than $2 million. You should [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Information technology professionals – deductions you may be able to claim

Information technology professionals - deductions you may be able to claim This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as an information technology professional. Car expenses Your home to work travel is not deductible, even if: you do minor work-related tasks while travelling to and from work, such as collecting mail you travel between home and work more than once a day you work outside normal business hours, for example, shift work or overtime you are required to be on call your home is a place of business and you travel directly to a place of [...]

Guards and security employees – claiming work-related expenses

Guards and security employees - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as a security guard or an employee in the security industry. Car expenses You cannot claim deductions for your car expenses from home to work even if: you work outside normal business hours, for example, shift work or overtime you are on call you did minor work-related tasks on the way to work or home you travel between home and work more than once a day, or there is no public transport available. You can claim deductions for your car [...]

Flight attendants – claiming work-related expenses

Flight attendants - claiming work-related expenses About this guide This guide will help you work out what work-related expenses you can claim a tax deduction for and the conditions you must meet before you can claim if you are a flight attendant or cabin crew member. Work-related daily travel expenses you can claim Travel expenses that you claim must directly relate to your work as an employee. These expenses may include: work-related car expenses expenses for motorcycles and vehicles with a carrying capacity of one tonne or more, or nine or more passengers actual expenses - such as any petrol, [...]

Fitness and sporting industry employees – claiming work-related expenses

Fitness and sporting industry employees - claiming work-related expenses This summary outlines some of the deductions you can and cannot claim as an employee in the fitness and sporting industry. Car expenses You cannot claim deductions for your car expenses from home to work even if: you work outside normal business hours, for example, shift work or overtime you are on call you did minor work-related tasks on the way to work or home you travel between home and work more than once a day, or there is no public transport available. You can claim deductions for your car expenses [...]

Engineer – claiming work-related expenses

Engineer – claiming work-related expenses Overview If you are an employee engineer, this information outlines some of the deductions you may be able to claim. Work-related daily travel expenses you can claim Generally, the cost of normal trips between your home and work is a private expense you cannot claim an income tax deduction for. However, as an employee engineer, there are certain situations where you may be able to claim deductions for travel between your home and workplace. Transporting bulky tools and equipment You can claim the cost of using your car to travel between your home and work [...]

Electricians – claiming work-related expenses

Electricians – claiming work-related expenses Overview When you can make a claim In most situations, you can claim deductions for work-related expenses if your claim meets all of the following conditions: you incurred the expense in doing your job the expense is not private – for example, travel to and from work, and most meals you can show you incurred the expense by producing receipts or other written evidence unless an exception applies. However, there are some instances where you have to meet other conditions, some of which are mentioned below. Claim the correct amount for the year You must [...]