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  • Allowances, earnings, tips, directors fees etc



    This information may not apply to the current year. Check the content carefully to ensure it is applicable to your circumstances.

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    This section is about payments of income from working. These include:

    • allowances
    • payments from which tax was not withheld, including
      • salary, wages, commissions, bonuses
      • income earned from part-time and casual jobs
      • income from income protection, sickness and accident insurance policies
    • tips, gratuities and payments for your services
    • consultation fees
    • payments for voluntary services (honoraria).

    Allowances include:

    • car, travel and transport allowances, and reimbursements of car expenses (calculated by reference to the distance travelled by the car, such as 'cents-per-kilometre' allowances)
    • award transport payments (paid under an industrial law or award that was in force on 29 October 1986)
    • tool, clothing and laundry allowances
    • dirt, height, site, first aid and risk allowances
    • meal and entertainment allowances.

    If you received a travel or an overtime meal allowance paid under an industrial law, award or agreement, do not show it on your tax return if:

    • you spent the whole amount on deductible expenses
    • it was not shown on your payment summary, and
    • it does not exceed the Commissioner's reasonable allowance amount.

    You cannot claim deductions for expenses that you paid for with that allowance. For more information, see Taxation Determination TD 2017/19 – Income tax: what are the reasonable travel and overtime meal allowance expense amounts for the 2017–18 income year?

      Last modified: 28 Jun 2018QC 55471