Draft Taxation Determination

TD 92/D197

Income tax: does the receipt of a site or height allowance entitle an employee to a deduction?

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1. No. An employee is entitled under subsection 51(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 to a deduction for expenditure incurred in gaining or producing assessable income other than expenditure of a capital, private or domestic nature. The mere receipt of an allowance does not entitle an employee to a deduction.

2. The amount of a site or height allowance is assessable income and no contra deduction is allowable.


Z received a site allowance of $1740 from his employer because of difficult working conditions and remoteness of job sites. The amount of $1740 is included in assessable income. Z is not entitled to a deduction of $1740.

Commissioner of Taxation


ATO references:

ISSN: 1038-8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

IT 2543

Subject References:

Legislative References:
ITAA 51(1)