As a nurse, it’s likely you regularly purchase items that are work-related. In most cases, these expenses can be classified as tax deductions for nurses. See below for some common tax deductions for nurses:
- Memberships and union fees
- Stationery – This includes diaries, planners, log books, workbooks etc.
- Mobile phone – You can claim a percentage of your mobile bill if you use your mobile to take or make work related phone calls.
- Subscriptions – Subscriptions to industry-related magazines, books and journals that you use solely for work purposes can also be claimed.
- Home office expenses – Do your work from home? If you do, home office electricity expenses for 45 cents per hour can be claimed.
- Car expenses – Do you have to travel to professional development days, conferences and between hospitals? Then you may be able to claim some car expenses for this travel.
- Self-Education – Are you completing further education related to your nursing career?
- Uniform –The purchase of nonslip shoes is tax deductable.
Employers often reimburse staff for costs. If this is the case, you can’t claim the expense as a tax deduction. Remember tax deductions for nurses are only expenses that you’ve genuinely paid for yourself and have not received a reimbursement.
If you are unclear of what you might be eligible to claim on your tax return, please contact one of the team at our office to discuss.