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Did you have other expenses relating to your work as an employee?
Here is a list of other expenses commonly incurred by employee hairdressers.
See question D5 in Individual tax return instructions for more information about the deductibility of these expenses.
You cannot claim costs met by your employer or costs that are reimbursed, see reimbursements.
Answering machines, mobile phones, pagers and other telecommunications equipment
For information about claiming deductions for the decline in value of answering machines, mobile phones, pagers and other telecommunications equipment,
see Capital allowances below.
Calculators and electronic organisers
For information about claiming deductions for the decline in value of calculators and electronic organisers, see Capital allowances below.
You can claim a deduction, called a capital allowance, for the decline in value of equipment used for work. If the equipment is also used for private purposes, you cannot claim a deduction for that part of the decline in value.
You cannot claim a deduction if the equipment is supplied by your employer or any other person.
Generally, the amount of your deduction depends on the effective life of the equipment.
Equipment costing $300 or less
If you purchased equipment costing $300 or less and you use it mainly for work, you can claim an immediate deduction for the work-related portion of the cost.
You cannot claim an immediate deduction if:
- the equipment is part of a set that you buy in the same income year and the total cost of the set is more than $300 (the set rule)
- the equipment is one of a number of identical or substantially identical items you buy in an income year and the total cost of the items is more than $300 (the multiples rule).
You also have the option to pool equipment costing less than $1,000 and equipment written down to less than $1,000 under the diminishing value method. You work out a deduction for the decline in value of equipment in this low-value pool by a single calculation using set rates.
For more information on claiming a deduction for the low-value pool, see question D6 in Individual tax return instructions and make your claim at item D6 on your tax return.
Equipment for which you may be able to claim a capital allowance includes:
- telephones, answering machines, facsimile machines, mobile phones, pagers and other telecommunications equipment
- calculators and electronic organisers
- computers and computer software
- a professional library
- hair-cutting and hair-styling tools.
For more information about claiming deductions for the decline in value of equipment, see the Guide to depreciating assets 2014.
You cannot claim a deduction for child care expenses. These are private expenses even if you need to pay for child care to go to work.
Computers and software
For information about claiming deductions for the decline in value of computers and software, see Capital allowances.
You cannot claim a deduction for the cost of getting or renewing your driver licence as it is a private expense.
You cannot claim a deduction for fines imposed:
- under a law of the Commonwealth, a state, a territory, a foreign country, or
- by a court (for example, a fine you received for speeding when driving between jobs).
First aid courses
You can claim a deduction for the cost of first aid training courses if you, as a designated first aid person, are required to undertake first aid training to assist in emergency work situations.
Glasses and contact lenses
You cannot claim a deduction for the cost of buying prescription glasses or contact lenses as it is a private expense relating to a personal medical condition.
Grooming including hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products
You cannot claim a deduction for hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products as they are private expenses.
You can claim a deduction for the additional running expenses of an office or a study at home that you use for income-producing activities. Running expenses include decline in value of home office equipment, the costs of repairs to your home office furniture and fittings, and heating, cooling, lighting and cleaning expenses. You cannot claim occupancy expenses (for example, rent, rates, mortgage interest and house insurance premiums) unless you are carrying on a business. If your only income is paid to you as an employee, you are not considered to be carrying on a business.
Diary records noting the time the home office was used for work are acceptable evidence of a connection between the use of a home office and your work. You will need to keep diary records during a representative four-week period. For more information on what records you should keep and the calculation of home office expenses, see Law Administration Practice Statement PS LA 2001/6 – Home office expenses: diaries of use and calculation of home office expensesExternal Link.
Place of business
You can claim a deduction for part of the running and occupancy expenses of your home if you use an area of your home as a place of business. Taxation Ruling TR 93/30 – Income tax: deductions for home office expensesExternal Link has information on whether or not an area set aside has the character of a place of business.
There may also be capital gains tax implications if you sell your home and it has been used as a place of business.
Insurance of tools and equipment
You can claim a deduction for the cost of insuring your tools and equipment to the extent that you use them for work.
You can claim the cost of interest on money borrowed to purchase work-related equipment. If the equipment was also used for private purposes, you cannot claim a deduction for that part of the interest.
You cannot claim a deduction for the cost of meals eaten during a normal working day as it is a private expense, even if you receive an allowance to cover the meal expense. For information about claiming deductions for the cost of meals eaten during overtime, see Overtime meals.
You cannot claim a deduction for the cost of newspapers as it is a private expense.
An amount for overtime meals that is part of your normal salary and wage income is taxed as part of your income. It is not an 'overtime meal allowance'.
You must include amounts you received as 'overtime meal allowance' at item 2 on your tax return.
You can claim for overtime meal expenses only on those occasions when:
you worked overtime and
your employer paid you an overtime meal allowance under an industrial law, award or agreement.
You will need written evidence if your claim per meal is more than the rate stated in Taxation Determination TD 2013/16 - Income tax: what are the reasonable travel and overtime meal allowance expense amounts for the 2013-14 income year?External Link Read this determination together with Taxation Ruling TR 2004/6 – Income tax: substantiation exception for reasonable travel and overtime meal allowance expensesExternal Link.
If you received an award overtime meal allowance which is not shown on a payment summary, you may choose not to include the allowance as income at item 2 on your tax return and not claim a deduction as long as
- the allowance does not exceed the Commissioner’s reasonable allowance amount, and
- you have fully spent it.
For information about claiming deductions for the decline in value of a professional library, see Capital allowances.