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  • Common expenses R–S

    Details on claiming common media professional expenses for:

    Repairs to tools and equipment

    You can claim a deduction for repairs to tools and equipment you use for work. If you also use them for private purposes, you can only claim the work-related portion.

    Self-education expenses

    You can claim a deduction for self-education expenses if it's directly related to your current employment as a media professional and it:

    • maintains or improves the skills and knowledge you need for your current duties
    • results in or is likely to result in an increase in your income from your current employment.

    You can't claim a deduction if the education is only related in a general way or designed to:

    • enable you to get employment
    • obtain new employment
    • open up a new income-earning activity.

    Self-education expenses include fees, travel expenses (for example, attending a conference interstate), transport costs, books and equipment. You usually have to reduce your self-education expenses by $250 – that is, the first $250 of expenses for self-education aren't deductible.

    See also:

    Seminars, conferences and training courses

    You can claim for the cost of seminars and conferences that relate to your work as a media professional.

    Social functions

    You can claim a deduction for the cost of attending dinners or similar functions if you are required, as a media professional, to report on that particular social function.

    For more media professionals' expenses, see:

      Last modified: 05 Apr 2019QC 51250