Did you know that you could get tax rebates from your work uniform?
If your workplace prescribes certain clothing – whether it’s a uniform or protective workwear – and you shoulder laundry and repair costs for the clothes, then you may be entitled to tax rebates.
According to the tax office, you may claim tax deductions if you were required to purchase, repair, clean or replace occupation-specific clothing, uniforms, protective workwear, and the like.
How Do I Qualify?
Here’s a list of requirements to help you find out if you are entitled to the tax deductions.
1.Your uniform should be compulsory
Your workwear or uniform should be a strict requirement at your workplace. It should have a company logo printed on it or any form of identification of your workplace, like colour, style and type.
If there’s only a single compulsory item in your overall workwear—such as a tie, a shirt or a jumper—it should also have the distinctive identification of your employer.
2.Your uniform is non-compulsory but registered with AusIndustry
Non-compulsory uniforms may still be covered, provided the employer has the design registered with AusIndustry.
3.You have occupation-specific clothing
Occupation-specific workwear are those not necessarily worn on a daily basis but identify you with a certain profession. For instance, the checkered pants typically worn by a chef.
4.You own protective clothing
You may claim for any protective clothing you use to prevent injuries or illness that may result from work-related activities or the environment in which you work in. Examples are fire-resistant clothing, safety vests, sun-protection clothing, rubber boots, non-slip shoes for nurses, steel-capped boots, gloves, overalls, trousers and heavy-duty shirts for those in construction, smocks and aprons. The clothing should have “protective qualities” against the risks at work.
How to Claim Rebate
Remember to keep all receipts, invoices and other written records related to your workwear expenses. You can also keep your tax records for reference. You need secure any proof of expenses before making a claim.
Written evidence for laundry and dry-cleaning expenses is required if the amount of claim is more than $150 and overall claim for work-related expenses is over $300 (excluding meal and travel costs).
If you are doing your own washing and drying, you should be able to provide a reasonable estimate. For instance, you can indicate $1 for each load of workwear you are washing.
If you have all these in check, you may proceed with completing the form. You will be asked to add up all expenses and choose a category for your claim: compulsory work uniform, non-compulsory uniform, occupation-specific workwear and protective clothing.
If you fall in any of the above mentioned categories and haven’t filed for a claim yet, you may be missing out on huge savings. This may sound like too much effort but anything that could help reduce tax is most welcome!