Draft Taxation Determination

TD 93/D112

Income tax: are the costs incurred by teachers when travelling to their regular school to attend Parent and Citizens meetings, sports and other school functions able to be claimed as a deduction under subsection 51(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 ?

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FOI status:

draft only - for comment


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1. No. The journeys made by teachers travelling to their regular school are travel from their home to their place of work and home again . This is a private expense and the costs incurred in this travel are not deductible under Subsection 51(1).

2. Even if the journey is made outside normal school hours or is a second or subsequent trip it remains home to work travel and a private expense.


A teacher is required to attend his school's annual parent-teacher night at 7 pm. He leaves the school in the afternoon and then returns to attend the meeting in the evening. He cannot claim the cost of travelling to the school to attend the meeting.

Commissioner of Taxation
6 May 1993



ISSN 1038-8982

Related Rulings/Determinations:

IT 112
IT 2543
MT 2027

Subject References:
home to work travel
teachers travel expenses

Legislative References:
ITAA 51(1)