If you're a pilot, 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

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You can claim a deduction for the cost of using your car when you drive:

  • between separate jobs on the same day – for example, from your job as a pilot to your second job as a cadet trainer
  • to and from an alternate workplace for the same employer on the same day – for example, from the airport to the airline training centre.

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You can’t claim from the airport to the airline training centre..

In limited circumstances you can claim the cost of trips between home and the airport, when you carry bulky tools or equipment for work. Items carried in luggage are generally private in nature and other essential items, such as flight manuals (whether electronic or hard copy), are not considered bulky on their own.

If you claim car expenses, you can use the logbook method or the cents per kilometre method. If you use the logbook method, you need to keep a valid logbook to determine the percentage of work-related use of your car along with evidence of your car expenses. If you use the cents per kilometre method, you need to be able to show how you calculated your work-related kilometres and be able to show that those kilometres were work related.

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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