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02-Nov-2020 By - team

What actually needs taxation?

You should start considering any costs you had throughout the previous fiscal year that were related to your work or generated income for you because it will soon be time for you to file your tax return. This is due to the fact that your tax return filing deadline is approaching.

You might be able to lower the amount of income that is ultimately subject to taxes by deducting a percentage of certain expenses from your taxable income.

As a general guideline, consider the following when determining whether expenses you might be entitled to write off on your taxes:

  • Were you able to prove a direct link between the expense and how well you performed at work or in another activity that generated income?
  • You may have already paid for the expenses, but your employer has opted not to reimburse you for them.
  • Do you have a receipt or a bank statement that can be used as formal documentation to show that you carried out the transaction?
Claim for your donations – if you have made donations of $2 or more to charities during the year you can claim a tax deduction on your return. You don't even need to have kept receipts if you donated into a box or bucket and your donation was less than $10.
As long as your donation is $2 or more, and you make it to a deductible gift recipient charity, you can claim the full amount of money that you donated on your tax return. Section D9 on your tax return (Gifts and Donations) deals specifically with charitable donations, so that's where you should record your donations.
A deductible gift recipient (DGR) is an organisation that can receive donations that are tax deductible. If a donation is tax deductible, donors can deduct the amount of their donation from their taxable income when they lodge their tax return.
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If the expense was for both work and personal use, you must determine what portion of the spending is relevant to your business or income-generating activity (for example, using the internet at home for both work and personal usage).

How do tax deductions work?

You have the legal right to claim tax deductions for expenses incurred while working when you file your tax return. The term “work-related deductions” is used to describe this. You must meet all of the following criteria in order to be qualified to submit a claim for a deduction related to your place of employment:

  • To confirm it, you must have a record,
  • The cost must be related to your employment,
  • And the money must have been spent by you;
  • You weren’t able to get reimbursed back for the expense.

Even if the expense was expended for both personal and professional purposes, you can only deduct the portion of the cost that can be directly linked to your employment from your taxable income.

What are the different types of deductions you can claim?

Vehicle and travel expenses

The obligation to keep records should be the first and foremost thing that comes to mind when it comes to the expenses of travelling for business and using your automobile. You will find this to be a huge help when it comes to filing your taxes.

You have the legal right to file a claim for reimbursement of travel expenses related to your employment that are directly related to the business costs of using your car to carry out your obligations if you use it for work-related purposes. You have a few different options for submitting your claim for the car expenses. Read on to find out more about these strategies. You must be the car’s owner in order to file a claim using any of these methods, and each option has a unique record-keeping requirement.

The daily trip to and from work is regarded as private travel, so it cannot be written off as a tax deduction.

Even if any of the aforementioned situations apply, you cannot deduct the cost of normal commutes between your place of residence and place of job because such travel is regarded as private:

  • You run a few errands on your way to work, including picking up the mail. You return to the office by car after work to check in with security or to attend parent-teacher conferences.
  • You work longer hours than usual, but there is no public transit available to take you home.
  • The expense of clothing for work and laundry fees
  • Do you have to wear business attire at work? Or maybe you have to wear a uniform with the logo of the company you work for because your employer requires it? For example, if you work at a clothing store, you might have to wear clothes that you bought there to the office.

You are expected to follow your employer’s dress code regardless of the situation, so you might anticipate that the Internal Revenue Service will treat you fairly when it comes to claiming tax deductions for your work clothes.

What clothing can be claimed?

Only attire specifically created for your profession, such as chef’s pants, may be written off on your taxes. You are not permitted to deduct the cost of buying or laundry clothes that are not specifically needed for your employment from your income. These consist of dark-colored pants and collarless white shirts.

However, you are still qualified to file a claim for the clothing and accessories you use to protect yourself from illness or injury. If you work outside, for instance, you might be eligible for reimbursement for sun protection.

If an item bears your company’s logo or complies with your employer’s uniform rules, you may be eligible to make a claim for uniform-specific clothing.

Working from home deductions

Work from home on some or all of your projects. For some of the costs involved with keeping a home office, you might be able to claim a tax deduction. You should really designate a room in your home to serve as your workplace. You can only deduct expenses for the time you have exclusive use of a space if you are utilising it for two different purposes (for instance, your employer has reimbursed you for using the lounge room). Even if you don’t require a separate place for your home office, this is still true.

It’s crucial to keep records for your home office, especially if your firm in any way concerns taxes. From the convenience of your home, carry out your work obligations. You might be qualified for compensation for expenses related to your business, such as those for a computer, a phone, or any other equipment Your fees are deductable if you use specific electronic devices. Consider the expenses that come with using any electrical appliances.

Generally speaking, you can write off up to $300 in costs associated with home office equipment like computers, but costs associated with items costing more than $300 can be written off as a loss in value. Therefore, if you use your phone for work-related purposes, for instance, you could be eligible to write off all or a portion of your monthly phone expense.

Mobile phone use

If you pay for the use of your personal phone for work-related purposes, you may be able to deduct the cost as long as you have receipts to support your claims. You must figure out how much of the time you spend on your phone may be attributed to work-related activities if you use it for both work and personal purposes. After your company has already paid for your phone expenses, you are not permitted to file a claim for reimbursement.

You must choose a typical four-week period that occurs during the tax year in order to compute your deduction.

Calculate how much time you spent making work-related calls over the preceding four weeks if your phone plan offers an itemised bill. After then, you may utilise that data for the following year.

You must determine the percentage using a method that makes some sense.

Professional associations, magazine subscriptions and trade union fees

The good news is that you can receive reimbursement for your membership dues if you must belong to an association as a condition of your employment. If you belong to a labour union, your dues are tax deductible.

If you buy periodicals or pay for subscriptions to media that are pertinent to your industry, your return may suffer. You are qualified to submit a claim for financial publications and research services if you are an investor. To qualify for your deduction, plan ahead and pay the expenses for the following year before June 30th.

Gifts and Donations

If the organisation to which you donated qualifies as a deductible gift recipient, you can only deduct your gifts or donations from your taxes (DGRs). The recipient must meet all four conditions in order to be qualified for a tax deduction for a gift:

  • First and first, a DGRs must receive the donation.
  • Whatever it is that you are distributing as a gift must truly be one.
  • Either money or property can be used as a substitute; financial assets fall under the latter category.
  • The gift must adhere to all applicable requirements. Because different DGRs may have different standards, it is typically preferable to verify.

For each type of gift, a different maximum may be claimed. It must be at least two dollars for money. The rules, however, may vary when it comes to real estate depending on the nature and cost of the asset.

How much to claim

As long as the entire cost of the gift is more than $2, you may deduct financial contributions from your taxes. However, the rules for gifts of property differ significantly depending on the type and worth of the gift.

For the income year that includes the year the gift was given, you are qualified to claim the deduction on your tax return. Your receipt should state whether or not you are qualified to claim a deduction, as you will need to do so as proof of your deduction.

A online receipt or a credit card statement serving as proof of the deduction is required if you make a contribution exceeding $2 over the phone or through the internet. The receipt you received from the third party, such as a bank or retail store, if you made your contribution through them, is also sufficient. Your payment summary will show the amount you provided if you made a donation through a programme called “workplace-giving.” Find out more about how to correctly claim gifts and donations here.

Interest and investments

Tax deductions can be made for costs incurred while earning interest, dividends, or other types of investment income. You can also include account holding charges for investment purposes in the costs associated with interest income. But keep in mind that if you have a joint account, you can only recover the fees related to your side of the account.

Interest paid on money borrowed to buy stock, which can be used to buy both shares and dividends, can be deducted from your taxes. However, if you borrowed money and used it for both personal and professional purposes, you must split the money equally between the two categories.

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Income protection insurance

Any insurance premiums that shield you from a decrease in income may be written off as a business expense. But be careful not to assume that benefits like life insurance, critical care insurance, or trauma insurance are deductible; these products are not. It’s also against the law to use contributions made to your superannuation account to pay for insurance coverage.

Self-education expenses

You might be entitled to financial assistance if your studies clearly relate to your line of work. The training you get must, however, lead to a valid qualification that satisfies the following criteria:

The training should either immediately result in an increase in your income or increase the possibility that it will, while also assisting you in maintaining or expanding the skills and knowledge required in your current employment.

Any expenses for self-education that do not have a sufficiently close connection to your existing job may not be written off as a business expense.

You are qualified to get compensation for the costs listed below incurred by your additional education:

  • Include supper and accommodation (if away from home overnight)
  • Course or tuition costs for computer consumables that have lost value due to use (above $300 in cost)
  • Purchases of equipment or technical instruments repairs of equipment or scientific instruments that cost less than $300 to acquire
  • Fares, office supplies, and running costs
  • Internet usage of interest (excluding connection fees)
  • Parking fees (only for work-related claims)
  • Calls on the phone, postage, stationery, and fees for the student union, as well as costs linked with the services and amenities provided to students, as well as travel to and from the educational location (only for work-related claims)

Only the portion of an expense that is directly relevant to your self-education may be deducted if it is for both your self-education and another purpose. Other components of the cost cannot be written off.

Tools and equipment

You might be able to write off all or part of the cost of buying certain tools and equipment if you need them for work-related purposes. If the work is used for both personal and professional purposes, you must figure out how much of each category you are entitled to. Your eligibility to claim a deduction will be based on how much the asset cost:

  • Any non-set products that cost less than $300 and do not set are eligible for an immediate deduction.
  • You can be qualified for a deduction for the value loss of items if you own objects that cost more than $300 individually or are a member of a set. You may also file a claim for the cost of repairing and insuring any tools and equipment, if necessary.

Tax preparation fees and travel to see your accountant

You are qualified to receive a reimbursement for that expense if you were wise enough to work with a tax professional to complete your return from the prior year. You may also file a claim for compensation for any travel expenses you spend to and from these sessions.

Can you claim the value of a home desk you bought pre-COVID-19?

“As a result, the asset’s effective life determines whether you can deduct expenses for an item that costs more than $300 when utilising, for example, the real expenses approach. As a result, things like computers often depreciate over the period of two years and have a two-year useful life. You might be able to recoup part of the length of a desk that you bought more than a couple of years ago because workstations are now substantially longer. However, you would need to have the receipt, and regardless of whether it is being utilised for work-related purposes, the item starts to lose value the moment it is purchased. Therefore, you must determine how much its value has reduced over the past year, between the time you acquired it and the present, and how often you have used it professionally.”

What if you bought home office furniture second-hand?

“That query is quite perceptive. You still need to be able to provide enough proof to show that you spent the money and that you got what you paid for. In light of this, you are definitely getting close to having enough information to make a decision if you have those combinations of items between your Gumtree account and your bank statement.”

What if you buy deluxe stationery, like kikki. K ?

“In the event of an audit, we strive to be as realistic as we can, and we constantly cite those guiding principles. Therefore, if you are using these products only for work-related purposes and if that is the only reason you have them, you will be able to claim your stationery as long as you paid for them with money you can prove you spent, and you have a record to prove it. However, if you purchased a high-end planner from a retailer similar to the one you described and use it partially for work but also frequently or even occasionally for personal use, you must consider this use. Even if you just use it occasionally for private, this is still true.

Can you claim a $700 pen from Mont Blanc?

“For you, I think things will be difficult. Any asset worth that much would be seen as a depreciable asset as it is such a large sum. However, I think it would be hard for you to justify spending $700 on a pen to complete your assignment. It isn’t all that dissimilar from a two-dollar pen. I’m sure it is much more beautiful and less choppy, though. Look, we treat people fairly and reasonably, but we also treat them fairly and generously by giving them a straightforward calculation method based on the 80 cents per hour technique. However, it is totally okay if people prefer to use one of the other options because they have higher costs. On the other hand, we cannot be manipulated in any way by others. You ought to be aware that even a modest amount of fraud committed by numerous people every year can amount to billions of dollars. While we want people to claim what is rightfully theirs, we also can’t ignore cases when people are overclaiming what they are entitled to. People must therefore have a convincing viewpoint of what they will express.”

Can you claim the cost of a uniform even if you’re not using it due to COVID-19?

“Therefore, if you were required to buy a uniform but it turned out that you didn’t get to use it very much – or at all – despite the fact that it was something that your employer required you to purchase, and you’ve got your receipt and everything like that, then you can still claim the cost of the uniform itself,” “So if you had to buy a uniform and then it turned out that you didn’t get to use it much – or at all – but However, We might also question you about things like whether you wore your uniform while working from home if your claim is for something that you submit every year and you have a claim for working from home. And was that something you had to do? It’s not at all likely. The housing arrangements of people have undergone numerous modifications this year. Others have continued to work on the front lines while donning uniforms, and they may still have the same claim. However, I wouldn’t anticipate seeing a sizable amount of work-from-home claims coming from these people either.

You’ve now had a good introduction to the foundations of small business tax deductions. Since we are talking about the tax code, the bulk of small business tax deductions are more complicated than this fast review reveals, but at least you now know about them. Deductions beyond those mentioned here are also feasible, but the ones illustrated here are among the more important ones. Expenses like processing credit cards, buying office supplies, filing taxes, and maintaining and repairing equipment and property used for company purposes are all deductible in addition to other expenses. However, some business expenses may be amortised or depreciated, allowing you to deduct a portion of the entire cost every year for a period of years. Once more, this relates to costs for things like office supplies.

Remember to always ask yourself: “Is this a regular and necessary expense in the field of work that I am in?” anytime you are unsure whether a cost is a legitimate corporate expense. The ATO will ask you this question specifically as part of their evaluation of your deductions if they choose to audit you. If the answer is no, stop the deduction right there. Additionally, you should seek the advice of a licenced public accountant for help with completing your company’s tax return if you have any questions.




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