2015 Tax Planning - Individuals


Common work-related claims made by individuals

The following outlines common types of deductible expenses claimed by individual taxpayers, such as employees and rental property owners, plus some strategies that can be adopted to increase deductions for the 2014/15 income year.

1. Depreciable plant, etc, costing $300 or less

Salary and wage earners and rental property owners will generally be entitled to an immediate deduction if certain income-producing assets costing $300 or less are purchased before 1 July 2015.

Some purchases you may consider include:

- books and trade journals;

- briefcases/luggage or suitcases;

- calculators, electronic organisers;

- in electronic tablets;

- software;

- stationery;

- tools of trade.

2. Clothing expenses

Purchase or pay for work-related clothing expenses prior to the end of the income year, such as:

- compulsory (or non-compulsory and registered) uniforms, and occupation specific and protective clothing;

- other expenses associated with such work-related clothing, such as dry cleaning, laundry and repair expenses.

3. Self education expenses

Consider prepaying the following self education items before the end of the income year:

- course fees (but not HECS-HELP fees), student union fees, and tutorial fees;

- interest on borrowings used to pay for any deductible self education expenses.

- bring forward purchases of stationery and text books

4. Other work-related expenses

Employees can prepay any of the following expenses prior to 1 July 2015:

- union fees;

- subscriptions to trade, professional or business associations;

- magazine and newspaper subscriptions;

- seminars and conferences;

- income protection insurance (excluding death and total/permanent disability).

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