Income tax: is expenditure on dinner suits and other similar clothing worn by members of an orchestra deductible?
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1. Expenditure on formal black dinner suits and other items of conventional clothing worn by members of an orchestra is not deductible. Conventional items, expenditure on which does not qualify for deduction, include tails, evening dresses, shirts, black trousers, shoes and bow ties.
2. Subsection 51(1) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 denies a deduction for expenditure which is private in nature. Expenditure on clothing is considered to be essentially an item of private expenditure unless the clothing is incidental and relevant to the taxpayer's occupation. Expenditure on clothing which is in the nature of a uniform prescribed by the employer (such as a bus conductor's uniform) or is protective in nature (for example, overalls worn by a furnace worker or operating gowns worn by a surgeon) is deductible. However, expenditure on conventional clothing (that is, clothing of a type which is usually worn by men or women regardless of their occupation) is considered to be private in nature and is not deductible.
3. Tails which may on occasion be worn by conductors and other members of orchestras are also considered to be conventional clothing. We consider that tails are simply a style of evening dress, and not unique to orchestral performances. Accordingly, their cost is not deductible.
Commissioner of Taxation