In their push to get as high of a tax return as possible, many Australians make mistakes regarding their work clothes. Despite the rumours that float around every year, you can’t deduct for every item you wear to work.
There are specific criteria your work clothing needs to meet to be considered a deductible expense. In a nutshell, the specific item must be required by your employer and it must be clothing you wear at work only, not on a personal basis.
If your employer requires that you wear a certain colour of clothing, you can’t deduct that clothing. You can only deduct work uniforms or other clothing that is unique and distinctive in nature, which means there is a logo for example and would not be used for personal activities. You can also deduct safety gear that is required for your job if you purchase it yourself.
It’s best if the uniform is registered with AusIndustry. If it isn’t, though, you need to be able to prove that the specific item is required attire for your job.
The good news is that for deductible clothing, you can deduct the purchase price as well as the laundry or dry cleaning costs for it.