Hospitality Worker Tax Deductions

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Online Tax Returns for Hospitality Workers

Other Common Work-Related Expenses​

  • Chef knives
  • Cooking utensils
  • Waiters’ friend
  • Stationery
  • Cash shortages
  • Books, Magazines or Journals that will
  • improve or maintain your current skills
  • Sun protection—if you’re required to work out
  • in open functions
  • Income Protection Insurance (paid outside
  • your super fund)
  • Union & membership Fees
  • Donations
  • Tax Agent Fees

Uniforms & Protective Clothing

You may be able to claim purchase and laundry costs for:

  • Uniforms (that have your works logo permanently attached)
  • Specific clothing e.g. chefs pants
  • Protective clothing e.g. Aprons, Gloves & Hair nets

Car Expenses

You can claim your work-related travel if:

  • You need to travel to run errands for work e.g. collect supplies, travel from one venue to another etc.*
  • If you need to travel from one workplace to the next e.g. to a second job*

*to claim your car expenses you need to keep a 12 week consecutive logbook to work out your work-related percentage, or you need to keep a record of the kilometres travelled to claim using the cents per kilometre method.


You can claim the costs associated with courses/training that a directly related to you earning your income within your current role. These may include:

  • Travel costs e.g. car travel, fares, taxi costs
  • Accommodation costs (if you away overnight for study)
  • Course fees (not HECS/HELP loans)
  • Exam costs
  • Text books/journal costs
  • Stationery
  • Computers or Equipment costs* e.g. Printers, tablets etc.
  • Home Office running expenses
  • Internet Expenses*

*Keep a one month logbook tracking your usage to claim these expenses as a tax deduction.
**Computers, Laptops or Equipment that cost over $300 will have to spread the tax deduction over a few years.

Remember the ATO’s 3 Golden Rules for
claiming a tax deduction:

  • You must have spent the money yourself and weren’t reimbursed
  • It must be directly related to earning your income
  • You must have a record to prove it

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