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July 16, 2023

Is my hair cut or hair style a tax deduction?

Do you love getting a fresh cut or a new style for your hair? Do you wish you could claim it as d tax deduction and save some money?  Well, here is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of haircuts

The Good

The good news is that there are some exceptions for some taxpayers.  Those who are involved in the performing arts field, such as actors, models, musicians and dancers. These people may be able to claim a deduction for personal grooming expenses if they can show that:

- The expenses are directly related to a specific performance or shoot
- The expenses are not part of their ordinary or everyday appearance
- The expenses are not reimbursed by their employer or agent

For example, an actor may be able to claim a deduction for a haircut or makeup that they need for a particular role in a film or theatre production. So for Wolverine the on set cost is fine but he struggle to claim a deduction for their regular haircut or makeup that they wear outside of work.

The Bad

The bad news is that personal grooming and haircuts are generally not deductible. The ATO considers them to be private or domestic expenses that are not directly related to earning your income.

It doesn't matter if your employer, clients or customers expect you to look neat and tidy, or if you follow the latest trends in your industry. You can't claim a deduction for your regular haircut or hair style that you wear outside of work.

The Ugly

Hair cuts tax deduction

How do I claim a tax deduction for personal grooming expenses?

To claim a deduction for personal grooming expenses, you need to:
- Keep records of your expenses and the reasons for incurring them
- Apportion your expenses between work-related and private use
- Include the work-related portion of your expenses in your tax return under Other work-related expenses

So, there you have it. Unless you are a performing arts professional who needs a specific look for your work, you can't deduct your hair cut or hair style from your taxes. I wonder if the Rock's haircut counts? Hey cheer up, don't let that stop you from getting a cool hairstyle!

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