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Security employees – It’s tax time! It pays to learn what work-related expenses you can claim

Do you know what you can and can’t claim during tax time? Lodging your tax return is easy with the ATO’s work-related expenses guide for security industry employees.

When completing your tax return, you may be able to claim deductions for some work-related expenses.

To claim a work-related deduction:

  • you must have spent the money yourself and weren’t reimbursed
  • it must directly relate to earning your income
  • you must have a record to prove it.

If the expense was for both work and private purposes, you can only claim a deduction for the work-related portion. Common deductions for performing artists can include:

  • Car expenses
  • Licence expenses
  • Guard dog expenses

 Remember to report all income in your tax return and remove any portion of your expense that is not work-related.

Security Employees Occupation Guide and Poster

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