As a nurse it's often confusing knowing what you can and cannot claim as a tax deduction. The amazing team at YOUTax have provided us with information to help you get it right.
You can claim a deduction for the cost of laundering and dry-cleaning eligible work clothes, including:
- compulsory uniforms
- single items of compulsory clothing
- non-compulsory uniforms or corporate wardrobe
- protective clothing.
You can claim laundry expenses for washing, drying or ironing such work clothes, including laundromat expenses. If your claim for laundry expenses is $150 or less, you do not need written evidence; you may use a reasonable basis to work out your claim. For washing, drying and ironing you do yourself, we consider that a reasonable basis for working out your laundry claim is:
- $1 per load – this includes washing, drying and ironing – if the load is make up only of work-related clothing, and
- 50 cents per load if other laundry items are included.
If you choose a different basis to work out your claim, we may ask you to explain that basis.
If your claim for laundry expenses is more than $150 and your total claim for work-related expenses (other than car, meal allowance, award transport allowance and travel allowance expenses) exceeds $300, you need written evidence for the total claim. You can claim the cost of dry-cleaning work clothes if you have kept written evidence to substantiate your claim. You do not need written evidence if your total claim for work-related expenses is $300 or less.
For further information contact You Tax