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  • Seminars, conferences and training courses

    You can claim the cost of attending seminars, conferences or training courses to maintain or increase the knowledge, capabilities or skills you need to earn your income in your current employment. This can include formal education courses provided by professional associations.

    If there is a non-work related component to attending the seminar, conference or training course, then you may not be able to claim all of your expenses:

    • If the non-work related component of attending the seminar, conference or training course is incidental (such as catered lunches or a reception for delegates), then you can still claim all of the expenses to attend.
    • If the main purpose is non-work related and the conference, seminar or training course is incidental (not the main purpose), you can only claim the direct costs for the conference, seminar or training course.

    If attendance involves travel, you may have to show that you have reduced your claim to exclude the private portion of any trip.

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    Last modified: 15 Jun 2020QC 31928