As Canberra based accounting specialists, DFK Everalls understand the unique needs of Australian Defence Force Personnel in relation to taxation.
We have been working with Australian Defence Force personnel for over 30 years as well as clients all over Australia, so even if you relocate we can continue to look after your interests.
There a number of defence force personnel tax deductions that you can take advantage of, including
You can claim a deduction when you
You generally can’t claim
You need to make sure you keep a log book to determine work related expenses
Military service uniforms are compulsory uniforms and as such you can claim a deduction for items such as:
You can also claim a deduction for
To claim a deduction you may need to have written evidence that you purchased the clothing and diary records or written evidence of your cleaning costs. Written evidence must be kept for a representative period of at least one month if both of the following apply:
If you received an allowance from your employer for clothing, uniforms, laundry or dry-cleaning, make sure you show the amount of the allowance on your tax return as it is assessable income. You can only claim a deduction for the amount you actually spent.
You cannot claim runners or gym equipment as a deduction as they are not uniform expenses, the exception being special forces training.
You can claim a percentage of the running costs of your home office if you have to work from home
You generally can’t claim the costs of rates, mortgage interest, rent and insurance
You can claim a deduction for self-education expenses if your course relates directly to your job, or you next likely promotion as planned by the ADF.
You can’t claim a deduction if you study or seminar is only related in a general way or is designed to help you get a new job – ie outside the ADF
You can only claim the cost of fitness expenses if your job requires you to maintain a fitness well above the ADF general standard.
You can’t claim a deduction for the cost of gym fees to maintain your personal fitness
As long as the expense relates to your employment, you can claim a deduction for the work-related portion of the cost of
You can’t claim a deduction for the cost of
You can claim a deduction for costs incurred in performing ERDs as long as the ERD activity forms part of your income-earning activities and it isn’t a private or domestic expense.
Don’t leave your deductions to chance.