You can claim a deduction for the cost of buying, hiring, mending or cleaning certain uniforms that are unique and distinctive to your job – eg chef’s checked pants and chef’s hat, or protective clothing like aprons that your employer requires you to wear.
If you're a hospitality worker, it pays to know what tax deductions you can claim at tax time. This information will help you to work out what:
- income and allowances to report
- you can and can't claim as a work-related deduction
- records you need to keep.
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Deductions you can claim
You can’t claim a deduction for the cost of buying or cleaning plain clothing worn at work, even if your employer tells you to wear it, and even if you only wear it for work (eg black pants and a white shirt).
You can’t claim a deduction for hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products, even if your employer expects you to be well groomed. All grooming products are private expenses.
To claim a deduction
for work-related expenses
You can only claim the work-related part of expenses. You can't claim a deduction for any part of the expense that relates to personal use.
You must have a record to prove it.
You must have spent the money yourself and weren't reimbursed
It must be directly related to earning your income
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