Public Servants

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Deductions you can claim

Check Mark

You can claim a deduction when you:

  • drive between two separate jobs on the same day – eg driving
    between house calls
  • drive to and from an alternate workplace for the same
    employer on the same day – eg travelling to different hospitals
    or medical centres.
X Mark

You generally can’t claim the cost of trips between home and work, even if you live a long way from your usual workplace or have to work outside normal business hours – eg when working on call. There are limited circumstances where you can claim the cost of trips between home and work, such as where you are required to carry bulky tools or equipment. The cost of these trips is deductible only if:

  • your employer requires you to transport the equipment for
  • the equipment was essential to earning your income
  • there was no secure area to store the equipment at the work
    location, and
  • the equipment is bulky – at least 20kg or cumbersome to

If you claim car expenses, you need to keep a logbook to
determine the work-related percentage, or be able to demonstrate
to the ATO a reasonable calculation

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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