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Defence Force Tax Deduction | 2023 Gotax

October 12, 2023


Tax Deductions for Defence Force Members in Australia

In the Australian Taxation System, members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) can claim a variety of work-related expenses as tax deductions.

Work-Related Expenses

These include travel between different worksites, such as barracks, and travel transporting bulky equipment, such as field equipment packs. If your job requires a fitness level well above the ADF general standard, you can claim fitness expenses. Compulsory mess subscriptions are also deductible.

Record Keeping Tips

Keeping accurate records is crucial for claiming these deductions. You should have invoices, receipts, or some other type of written evidence of any expenses. Electronic records are also acceptable. It’s recommended to maintain your records for at least three years from the date you file your return.

Other potential Tax Benefits include

  • Overseas forces Tax Offset
  • Medicare exemption
  • Zone Tax Offsets
  • Home Office expenses
  • Mess Fees
  • Self Education and Study (must be related)
  • Tools & equipment
  • Protective clothing (Not provided or reimbursed by ADF)
  • Clothing and uniform expenses

Deduction Grabber App

To make record keeping easier, consider using the Deduction Grabber App. This free app allows you to snap a photo of your tax receipts and record your tax expenses as soon as you make them. It also includes an ATO compliant tax Motor Vehicle Logbook.

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