Tradeperson and Mechanic Work-Related Deductions

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You may be able to claim deductions for your work-related expenses. Work-related expenses are expenses you incur on items used to earn your income as a tradesperson or apprentice.

To claim a deduction for a work-related expense:

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

If the expense was for both work and private purposes, you can only claim a deduction for the work-related part. You can’t claim a deduction for any part of the expense that relates to personal use.

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 by uploading your deductions to your tax return. If you use 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:

(Occupation and industry specific guides, 2021)

Ato.gov.au. 2021. Occupation and industry specific guides. [online] Available at: <https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/income-and-deductions/occupation-and-industry-specific-guides/>

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