Deductions you can claim

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. For more information on claiming working from home expenses, please review this resource – Working Home Deductions as the rules have changed. 


Access from the table below, either:

  • A work-related expense to find out what you can and can’t claim as a deduction, including the records you need as evidence – use the link in the left column of the table.
  • A summary of the common work-related expenses that you can download as a PDF and print – use the link in the right column of the table.


Table: work-related expenses and summary posters

Work-related expenseDeduction summary – PDF download
Cars, Transport and travelCar expenses, Travel expenses
Clothes and items you wear at workClothing and laundry
Education, training and seminarsSelf-education expenses


This information has been sourced from the Australian Government

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