Can I claim laundry and dry cleaning as a tax deduction?   

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

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