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Self-education expenses calculator

Check your eligibility for work related self-education expenses and estimate the deduction for your tax return.

Last updated 29 June 2023

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Self-education expenses calculator

Our calculator will take between 5 and 10 minutes to use.

What you can do with this calculator

This calculator will check your eligibility to claim a deduction and helps you to estimate the deduction you can claim for work-related self-education expenses. It can be used for the 2013–14 to 2022–23 income years.

The results of this calculator are based on the information you provide. You should use these results as an estimate and for guidance purposes only.

Self-education expenses are the costs you incur to undertake a course of study at a school, college, university, or other recognised place of education including online providers.

You can't claim a deduction for self-education expenses for a course that:

  • relates only in a general way to your current employment or profession
  • will enable you to get new employment.

You can't claim any deductions against government assistance payments, including Austudy, ABSTUDY and Youth Allowance.

What's new for 2022–23

Find out what's new for 2022–23.

Expenses from 1 July 2022

If you're claiming a deduction for self-education expenses incurred from 1 July 2022:

  • you no longer need to reduce your allowable expenses by $250
  • you can claim a deduction for all allowable self-education expenses.

What you will need

You will need to enter amounts for all the eligible self-education expenses you incurred during the income year. This includes amounts for the decline in value of depreciating assets used for self-education purposes and car expenses relating to your self-education.

If you have decline in value amounts to claim, before you begin your self–education calculation, you can use the Depreciation and capital allowances toolThis link opens in a new window to help calculate decline in value amounts.

What else you can do

Find out more about self-education expenses.