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33 Unusual Tax Deductions in Australia

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Published May 23rd 2018
Tax is inevitable but you can pay less with deductions
Here's some tax deductions you may have missed.

Adult Industry Workers

1) These workers can claim a deduction for the cost of buying some clothing that is unique and distinctive to the job, including costumes and lingerie.

2) They can also claim a deduction for stage make-up and products.

3) The cost of classes taken to learn new dance skills are also deductible.

Australian Defence Force

4) Military service uniforms are compulsory so defence force members can claim a deduction.

5) Personnel can claim a deduction for self-education expenses if the courses is likely to relate to the next promotion in the ADF.

6) If there is strenuous physical activity in their duties then fitness expenses can be claimed. Unfortunately, you can't claim your parachutist, submarine escape training facility, or unpredictable explosives allowances.


7) Engineers can claim a deduction for the cost of protective items such as safety equipment and sunglasses.

8) Technical or professional publications and professional association fees are also claimable.

Flight Attendants

9) A deduction is allowable for the cost of purchasing luggage to the extent of the work-related use of the luggage.

10) Staff may also be able to claim a deduction for the cost of making up cash or bar shortages.

Flight Attendant
Flight Attendants get some sweet deductions. Credits: Wikimedia Commons, E. Rude

Guards and Security Employees

11) If they have a guard dog, they can claim a deduction for ongoing expenses such as food, veterinary expenses and registration costs. However, the initial purchase of the dog is a capital expense.

12) Guards can also claim a deduction for the cost of first aid training courses under some circumstances.

Hospitality Industry

13) Gaming licence you can claim a deduction for the cost of renewing this in the hospitality industry.


14) Annual practising certificate fees can be claimed on renewal.

15) Supreme Court library fees are deductible if due on an annual basis.

Mining Site Employees

16) Machinery operating licences can be claimed in mining.

Nurses, Midwives, and Direct Carers

17) Annual practising certificate fees are claimable on an annual basis in these professions.

Performing Artists

(18) A deduction can be made for commissions paid to theatrical agents.

(19) If you are a trapeze artist, you can claim fitness expenses.

(20) If your acting role requires contact lenses to alter eye colour or special spectacle frames, then you can claim them.

(21) Performers can claim a deduction for the cost of hairdressing specifically to maintain a required hair length or style as part of a costume for continuity purposes.

(22) A photographic portfolio used for publicity purposes can also be deducted.

(23) The 'time usage cost' of researching on the internet for a role is generally claimable.

(24) Discs and digital media used for rehearsal are also allowed.

(25) Performers also get to go to the theatre and see films that help them research.

Trapeze Artist at work. Credits: Wikipedia Commons, User: Matthew Ragan


(26) Bulletproof jackets and vests or body armour are deductible.

(27) Also, the interest on money borrowed to purchase such work-related equipment.

(28) Police dog training and maintenance is also covered.

Professional Footballers

(29) Shirts with club emblems, and other suitable clothing or protective items are on the tax deduction list.

Real Estate employees

(30) People on commission can claim gifts given, e.g. a Christmas hamper, a bottle of whisky, wine, gift vouchers a bottle of perfume, flowers, or a pen set.

Teachers and Educational Professionals

(31) Excursions, school trips and camps, for instance, a science teacher accompanies a group of Year 12 students on a camp to study the ecology of a rainforest.

(32) Teachers can also deduct the decline in value of their professional library (including books, DVDs etc)

Travel Agent Employees

(33) It is common within the industry for sales staff to be offered discounted holiday packages and trips. Travel agents can claim a deduction for some trip expenses, but it needs to be work-related (and unfortunately not just a holiday).

Information provided on this page is general in nature, is not from a finance professional, and does not constitute advice. Contact your tax accountant, the ATO, and other representatives on any matters as required. Information can change without notice, and there is no warranty as to the accuracy, reliability or completeness of information which is contained in this general article for entertainment purposes.

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