ATO Tax Time 2021 - Engineer Resource Kit

19th March 2021

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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 engineers.  

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 engineers can include: 

  • Car expenses 
  • Self-education and study expenses 
  • Clothing, footwear and laundry expenses  

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

For more information, or to download the guides available for specific occupations, visit 

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