Sales and Marketing Professionals

If you're a sales and marketing professional, 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

Check Mark

You can claim a deduction when you are:

  • Driving between separate workplaces (eg a second job)
  • Regularly working at more than one site each day before returning home
  • Driving to and from an alternate workplace for the same employer (eg driving to meet clients)

In limited circumstances you can claim the cost of trips between home and work, where:

  • you had shifting places of employment (that is, you regularly worked at more than one site each day before returning home)
  • you were required to carry bulky tools or equipment for work and all of the following conditions were met
    > The tools or equipment were essential for you to perform your employment duties and you didn’t carry them merely as a matter of choice.
    > The tools or equipment were bulky – meaning that because of their size and weight they were awkward to transport and could only be transported conveniently by the use of a motor vehicle.
    > There was no secure storage for the items at the workplace.

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 if you use the cents per kilometre method to claim.


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 having to work late to attend a sales event.

If you salary sacrifice your car this means your employer is covering the costs and you cannot claim a deduction.

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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