Three golden rules for teachers claiming work-related expenses
Teachers typically have many work-related expenses to claim at tax time, and it is important to ensure that you are claiming what you are entitled to.
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) says there are three golden rules for claiming work-related expenses:
- You must have spent the money yourself
- It must be directly related to earning your income and not a private expense
- You must have a record to prove it.
There's a comprehensive guide for teachers at ato.gov.au/occupations
, making it easier than ever to keep good records for work-related expenses.
The ATO app also has a feature called myDeductions, which lets you capture and classify expenses on the go. You can record car trips and store photos of your receipts on the app throughout the year, ready for tax time.
If you lodge your return through a tax agent you can share your deductions data with them via email. If you prefer to do your own tax you can upload the data straight into your tax return where it will be pre-filled for you.
The ATO will be paying extra attention to people whose deduction claims are higher than expected, in particular those claiming car expenses - including those for transporting bulky tools or equipment, and deductions for travel, internet and mobile phone, and self-education.
There is a comprehensive guide for teachers to help you understand what you can claim this tax time. To read more visit ato.gov.au/occupations.