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You can claim deductions for some expenses you incur in your tax return. Most are work-related expenses you incur to earn income as an employee.

To claim a deduction for a work-related expense, you must meet the 3 golden rules:

  1. You must have spent the money yourself and weren’t reimbursed.
  2. The expenses must directly relate to earning your income.
  3. You must have a record to prove it (usually a receipt).

You claim these in your tax return at the ‘Work-related expense’ sections.

Access from the table below, either:

Table: work-related expenses and summary posters

Work-related expenseDeduction summary – PDF download
Motor vehicle and car expensesCar expenses, (PDF, 598KB)This link will download a file
Travel expensesTravel expenses (PDF, 523KB)This link will download a file
Clothing, laundry and dry-cleaning expensesClothing and laundry (PDF, 845KB)This link will download a file
Self-education expensesSelf-education expenses (PDF, 290KB)

This information has been sourced from the Australian Government