BONUS Article The ATO’s occupation-specific tax deduction guides

To save time finding out what you can or can’t include as deductions on your tax return (so you can keep records for us over the income year), the ATO has developed a suite of occupation-specific guides. It says these have been designed to help taxpayers understand what they can think about including, or what is completely off the table, as work-related expenses.

The information included in the guides (presented in PDF format) is broken down into different deduction labels, including:

  • car expenses
  • home office expenses
  • clothing expenses
  • self-education or professional development expenses.

The deduction guidelines are available for the following occupations:

  • construction worker
  • retail worker
  • office worker
  • Australian Defence Force
  • sales and marketing
  • nurse, midwife or carer
  • police officer
  • public servant
  • teacher
  • truck driver.

The ATO says taxpayers can download the guidelines in PDF format from the ATO Publication Ordering Service. To order, select the green button “Search PDF publications” – type in JS39108 (capitals not essential) and search “Online publications” as the media (it may already be selected).