Australian Defense Force Members, Army Reserve, Police and Fire Fighter Work-Related Deductions

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You may be able to claim deductions for your work-related expenses. These are expenses you incur to earn your income as an Australian Defence Force (ADF) member.

To claim a deduction for a work-related expense:

  • you must have spent the money and you weren’t reimbursed
  • the expense must directly relate to earning your income
  • you must have a record to prove it (usually a receipt).

You can only claim a deduction for the work-related portion of an expense. You can’t claim a deduction for any part of the expense that is not directly related to earning your income or that is private.

You can use the myDeductions tool in the ATO app to help keep track of your work-related expenses. It’s an easy way to capture information on the go and makes tax time quicker. You can upload expenses to your tax return. If you lodge your tax return with a tax agent:

  • they can access your uploaded data through their practice management software, or
  • you can email a copy to them from the app.

For a summary of common deductions, see Australian Defence Force member deductions (PDF, 845KB)This link will download a file.

For a summary of common deductions, see Police officer deductions (PDF, 832KB)This link will download a file.

For a summary of common deductions for fire fighters, see Fire fighters deductions (PDF, 842KB)This link will download a file.

(Agricultural workers – income and work-related deductions, 2021)

Ato.gov.au. 2021. Agricultural workers – income and work-related deductions. [online] Available at: <https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/In-detail/Occupation-and-industry-specific-guides/Agricultural-workers—income-and-work-related-deductions/?anchor=Deductions#Deductions> [Accessed 15 February 2021].

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