Tax Tips for Miners

Dig your way to a great tax refund for Miners with these tax deductions...

Tax Tips Miners may be able to claim on their online income tax return

Common Work-Related Expenses​

  • Tools & Equipment e.g. Power/Battery/
  • Manual Tools, Laptops, Computers, Tablets*
  • Annual Memberships or Union Fees
  • Licence renewals for operating machinery (not including your drivers licence)
  • Overtime meal expenses (if you receive an allowance and it’s on your Payment Summary or Pay Slips)
  • Travel expenses (if you have to travel away from home are not at your usual place of work)
  • Sun Protection e.g. Sun hats, sunglasses, sun-screen if you have to work outside.
  • Tax Agent Fees
  • Donations to “Deductible Gift Recipients”**
  • Income Protection Insurance (Paid outside your Super)

Uniforms & Protective Clothing

You can claim purchase and laundry costs for your uniform if:

  • It has your bosses logo permanently attached.
  • Is specific to your job
  • Protective clothing e.g.
  1. High vis wear e.g. Vests, shirts, trousers
  2. Steel-cap boots
  3. Hard hats
  4. Safety glasses


  • If you complete any training or courses that will improve or maintain your skills directly related to your current role, you can claim the training/course costs.
  • You can also claim travel, stationery, text books/manuals, laptops/computers used for study.

Car Expenses

  • If you needed to use your car to travel to meetings, conferences, or your training (as mentioned above in self-education), you can claim the car expenses or kilometres, depending on the kilometres travelled.

Keep a 12 week logbook tracking your odometer readings, kilometres, where and why you travelled, to work out your work use % and then we’ll work out whether it’s best to claim your kilometres or your car expenses.

*Computers, Laptops, Tools or Equipment that cost over $300 will have to spread the tax deduction over a few years.
** Your tax invoice will tell you whether your donation can be claimed as a tax deduction.

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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