Going out, membership of a gym, renting a second home and even handbags can be claimed as a tax deduction.
Tax agent H&R Block has revealed the items that Australians are allowed to use but were too scared to try.
A study that had it carried out showed that two-thirds of people did not know what they could and could not claim.
More than half or 56 percent of respondents admitted that they had left an item on the tax return because they did not know it.
Going out, membership of a gym, renting a second home and even handbags can be claimed as a tax deduction
Australians have until October 31 to file their tax returns, with 4.5 million employees earning $ 48,000 to $ 90,000 entitled to $ 1,080 in tax cuts, before even claiming.
H&R Block & # 39; s director of tax communications Mark Chapman said that Australians often miss out on tax refunds because they were either worried that the tax office would not approve it, had failed to keep the receipt, or just didn't know it.
& # 39; If you are entitled to it, you must claim it & # 39 ;, he said to Daily Mail Australia on Thursday.
& # 39; Sometimes they spend money as part of their business or as part of their work and simply do not make the connection that tax deductions may take place here. Much comes down to simply lack of knowledge. & # 39;
For example, a television journalist who tells a story about the Logie prizes could claim the cost of attending Gold Coast parties (in the photo, Nine personality is Leila McKinnon who does pieces for the camera about news from the entertainment industry and gossip)
Although the Australian tax office does not allow a tax deduction for a night out, it is an exception for people who attend a job as part of their work.
For example, a television journalist who tells a story about the Logie prizes could claim the costs of attending parties on the Gold Coast.
The event was also held on 30 June 2019, the last day of the previous financial year.
& # 39; If that kind of socializing is an important part of your work – if you are a gossip columnist or an entertainment reporter or something – and you attend these functions as part of your work, then there is a claim, & # 39; Mr. Chapman said.
The ATO is even more generous when it comes to work-related overseas conferences, where psychologists and dentists are often sent to seminars to hear about the latest research.
Hotel accommodation, transportation and living costs such as food are legitimate claims.
& # 39; If the course you are following is related to your work, then the costs of that conference or associated costs such as flights and accommodation and meals and the like are all tax deductible, & # 39; Chapman said.
Employees must be fit for work and have the right to a gym membership as a tax deduction
Employees must be fit for work and have the right to a gym membership as a tax deduction.
Elite athletes and defense personnel are among the small group of Australians who can request compensation for access to a weights and cardio area as part of their annual expenses.
& # 39; For example, the soldiers of the special forces are one of the few groups of people who can actually claim a tax deduction because they must be physically fit and go well beyond the norm, & # 39; Chapman said.
& # 39; If you were just a normal member of the armed forces or a police officer, they often need to be physically fit to do their job, but they don't have to be unusually fit, so there is a dividing line. & # 39;
Although fly-in, fly-out employees in the mining sector have accommodation for them, professionals working in different cities can claim rent as a tax deduction (Sydney units can be rented on the photo)
Rent in a different city
While fly-in, fly-out employees in the mining sector have accommodation for them, professionals working in different cities can claim rent as a tax deduction.
Tax claims can also be made for those who buy a house or apartment in another city where they work instead of staying in hotels and motels.
The ATO has also clarified that claiming against the costs of renting or paying a mortgage can be cheaper than paying for accommodation and making a tax claim.
Mr. Chapman said the housing costs were a legitimate tax expense, provided that someone there did not claim nights when they were not working.
& # 39; You can claim a tax deduction or the cost of the rent or the cost of the mortgage if you choose to buy somewhere, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; You must be careful: you can only claim work related part, so if you stay in this place during the weekend, for example, that is not work related time, you cannot claim that part. & # 39;
A handbag can be claimed as work costs provided it was used for work
A handbag can be claimed as work costs provided it was used for work.
Mr. Chapman said that the item, often seen as a fashion accessory, was a legitimate work release if it was used to carry documents and a laptop.
& # 39; Essentially, a bag is similar to the tool that a tradition can claim, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; It is actually a tool for your profession. A woman can claim her handbag if she uses it for work purposes. & # 39;
Although some men also carry handbags, they can also claim a briefcase or a men's bag if it is used for work purposes.
Australians have until October 31 to file their tax returns, with 4.5 million employees earning $ 48,000 to $ 90,000 entitled to $ 1,080 in tax cuts, before even claiming
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