If you want to reduce your tax bill, you need to claim as many legitimate deductions as you can. Fortunately, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) produces occupation-specific guides for deductions.
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Each of these guides highlights specific deductions relevant to a particular career. In some cases, they also point out deductions that you can't claim. Checking these can be useful even if you use an agent for your tax — they might not spot something relevant to your occupation.
We've linked to all the currently available occupation guides below. Remember that this year, the ATO is paying particularly close attention to deductions for home computer and phone usage. That doesn't mean you can't claim costs in these areas, but you do need to document your usage and apportion costs appropriately.
- Adult industry workers
- Airline employees
- Australian Defence Force members
- Building and construction employees
- Business professionals
- Earthmoving plant operators
- Education professionals
- Factory workers
- Fitness and sporting industry employees
- Flight attendants
- Guards and security employees
- Hospitality industry employees
- Information technology professionals
- Mechanical, automotive and electrical tradespersons
- Mining site employees
- Nurses, midwives and direct carers
- Performing artists
- Plumber employees
- Real estate employees
- Sales and marketing managers
- Sales representatives
- Shop assistants
- Travel agent employees
- Truck drivers
Reminder: For specific tax advice relating to your individual situation, consult a registered professional.