Plumber employees – claiming work-related expenses

Contractors and employees have different tax and super obligations. In the plumbing industry, individual workers are either employees or contractors. This guide is for employee plumbers, including apprentices and trainees.

This guide helps you work out what work-related expenses you can claim a tax deduction for and the conditions you must meet before you claim your expenses.

It provides information about common work-related expenses, including:

  • travel expenses, including motor vehicle types and methods for claiming
  • tools and equipment
  • self-education
  • overtime meals
  • phones, computers and laptops.

When you sign the declaration on your tax return, you are declaring that:

  • everything you have told us is true
  • you can support your claims with written evidence.

You are responsible for providing proof of your expenses, even if you use a registered tax agent to prepare your tax return.

    Last modified: 05 Oct 2016QC 26105