Suitable for: Anyone who is looking to claim deductions
Tax Difficulty: Beginner
Airtax Experience: First time users
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No. You cannot claim a deduction for any clothes that you wear for work unless they are:
(a) occupation-specific (e.g. chef's clothing);
(b) protective clothing (e.g. steel capped boots for use on a construction site); or
(c) distinctive uniforms.
The impact of this is that you cannot claim a deduction for clothes that you buy that do not fit one of the above categories, including general formal wear (e.g. suits) and comfortable clothing that you may want to wear on the job (i.e. comfortable clothes whilst ride sharing).
If the clothing does fit within one of the above categories, you can claim a deduction for the purchase price as well as laundry/dry-cleaning expenses.
You can claim a deduction for cleaning work clothing without written evidence if either:
(a) the amount of your claim is less than $150; or
(b) your total claim for work-related expenses is less than $300 (excluding car expenses and meal, travel and award transport payments allowances).
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- If interested, consider using our Business Assist service to discuss with a qualified Tax Specialist about your BAS (recommended for first time users)
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