We have listed down some examples of expenses that you have incurred as a cleaner that might be claimed as Tax Deductions.
Work-related clothing expenses
- If you have to wear a uniform for work with the company logo, it can be deductible (if you paid for it yourself). You can claim laundry expenses for it as well, for up to $150 without receipts)
- If you purchased any protective clothing, that is an eligible expense and can be deducted. Examples of protective clothing include rubber gloves or non-slip shoes.
Work Related Tools/Equipment
Any work-related tools or equipment that you use for cleaning can be claimed as a deduction! If you have to purchase your own cleaning supplies such as cleaning tools or any chemicals that you might use for work.
If the tools/equipment cost more than $300, you would have to calculate the decline-in-value (depreciation) amount that can be claimed for the year.
Motor Vehicle/Public Transport Expenses
If you visit clients or pick up equipment/supplies for your job, the cost of your motor vehicle/public transport expenses are deductible. Do note that driving/public transport from home to your workplace and vice versa is not a deductible expense. However, if you use your car for both work and personal usage, you would need to calculate how much of your usage is for work purposes, either through a logbook or the cents per kilometer method.
Any donations made to eligible charities of more than $2 are deductible, so keep the receipt if you sponsor the local bowls club!
Any union fees that you pay for are deductible. Most unions and associations send members statements of the fees or subscriptions paid.
Any accounting fees (including using a Tax Agent) are deductible so why would you do it yourself!
If you are a Sole Trader:
Changes to the instant asset write off means you can claim the full amount for any single asset you purchased prior to 12 March 2020 up to $30,000 and $150,000 till 30 July 2020.
Any fees that you incur for payment gateways are deductible.
Any insurance expenses that you incur for your business such as public liability are deductible. Income protection insurance is also tax deductible.
Any advertising expenses that you incur for your business are deductible.
For more general information on Sole Trader Deductions, please click here.