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  • Common expenses G–N

    Details on claiming common media professional expenses for:

    Grooming

    You can't claim a deduction for hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products. These are private expenses.

    Hiring equipment

    You can claim the costs of hiring equipment used for work. If the equipment is also used for private purposes, you can't claim a deduction for that part of the hire cost.

    Laundry and maintenance

    You can claim a deduction for the cost of washing, drying and ironing deductible clothing. This also includes laundromat and dry cleaning expenses.

    See also:

    Meal and snack expenses

    You can't claim a deduction for the cost of food, drink or snacks you consume in the course of a normal working day, even if you receive a meal allowance. These are private expenses.

    You can't claim your meals or expenses incidental to your travel if you weren't required to travel for work, even if you received a travel allowance. For example, you can't claim a deduction for food and drink for mandatory long rest breaks.

    You can't claim more than one meal of each type in a 24-hour period, even though you may eat your meals at unconventional times. For example, you can't claim for two dinners in one day.

    You may be able to claim a deduction for meals when you travel for work – see Media professionals’ Travel expenses.

    You may be able to claim a deduction for meals when you work overtime – see Media professionals’ Overtime meal expenses.

    Newspapers and magazines

    You can claim a deduction for the cost of newspapers and magazines you purchase to research a topic in your role as a media professional.

    For more media professionals' expenses, see:

      Last modified: 05 Apr 2019QC 51250