Tax Deductions on Uniforms

Uniform tax deductions
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has rules around uniform and laundering expenses, and what you can claim on your personal tax return. Do you know that you can claim a tax deduction for the cost of buying and cleaning occupation-specific clothing, protective clothing and unique distinctive uniforms? Did you know that you cannot claim any deductions if your uniforms are not branded or distinctive to the company you work for?

The ATO website states the following information:

Occupation-specific clothing
You can claim for clothing that is specific to your occupation, is not everyday in nature and allows the public to easily recognise your occupation – such as the checked pants a chef wears.

Protective clothing
You can claim for clothing and footwear that you wear to protect yourself from the risk of illness or injury posed by your income-earning activities or the environment in which you are required to carry them out.

Work uniforms
You can claim for a uniform, either compulsory or non-compulsory, that is unique and distinctive to the organisation you work for.

Cleaning of work clothing

You can claim the costs of washing, drying and ironing eligible work clothes, or having them dry-cleaned.

Please click here to find out more information on the Australian Taxation Office website.