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COMMON TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR POLICE OFFICERS

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May

A police officer as a taxpayer is allowed to claim tax deduction for following work-related expenses:

  • Car expenses;
  • Travel expenses;
  • Clothing expenses;
  • Self-education expenses; 
  • Other expenses.

Car Expenses: You can claim a deduction for using your car for traveling between two different employers, two alternative workplaces, a place of business or traveling from alternative workplace to home. You can also claim cost of traveling between home and work whenever you will carry work related tools or equipment but you are not allowed to claim the cost of any normal trip between home and workplace.

Travel expenses: Work-related travel cost other than car expenses including hiring cars, parking fees and tolls are allowed to claim.

Clothing expenses: As a police officer you are allowed to claim a deduction for the cost of buying, hiring, repairing and cleaning certain work-related uniforms or protective clothing. For details for uniforms, protective clothing and laundry and dry-cleaning expenses claim please search Tax Shark (taxshark.com.au). We are Australia's leading tax accountants offering expert advice for income tax returns, refunds and more.  

Self-education expenses: The costs incurred in attending seminars, conferences, education workshops or training courses that are sufficiently connected to work activities of a police officer can be claimed. Tax Shark can assist you to identify the claimable self-education expenses in 2016 tax return filing online.

Other expenses: Tax Shark has a list of other expenses commonly incurred by police officers that can be claimed as deductions. You can claim these expenses but you cannot claim costs met by your employer or costs that are reimbursed. Tax Shark can assist you and explain each of the following deduction during the online filing of income tax return. Other deductions are:

  •  Ammunition;
  •  Answering machines, mobile phones, pagers and other telecommunications equipment;
  • Briefcases;
  •  Bulletproof jackets and vests or body armour;
  • Calculators and electronic organisers;
  • Capital allowances;
  • Equipment costing $300 or less: If you purchased equipment costing $300 or less and you use it mainly for work, you can claim an immediate deduction for the work-related portion of the cost;
  • Low-value pool;
  • Child care;
  • Club membership fees and club sponsorship fee; 
  • Computers and software; 
  • Entertainment;
  • Equestrian-related equipment; 
  • Fitness expenses; 
  • Gauntlets, holsters, handgrips, handcuffs, holders, pouches, utility belts and other equipment;
  •  Glasses and contact lenses;
  • Grooming including hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products;
  • Guns and related equipment;
  • Home office expenses;
  •  Informant expenses;
  • Interest costs;
  • Licences and certificates;
  • Meals;
  • Newspapers; 
  • Overtime meals;
  • Police academy training courses;
  • Police dogs; 
  • Professional library;
  • Removal and relocation; 
  • Seminars, conferences and training courses; courses; 
  • Stationery; 
  • Stationery;
  • Technical or professional publications; 
  • Telephone calls, telephone rental and connection costs;
  • Tools and equipment; 
  • Repairs;
  • Union and professional association fees.

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