Can I claim Phone costs as a Tax deduction?

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Eligible tax deductions for nurses, midwives and direct carers include phone expenses.

You can claim a deduction for the cost of work-related phone calls and internet usage if your employer needs you to use your personal devices for work.

You can claim a deduction for your phone rental if you can show that you are on call or are regularly required to phone your employer while you are away from your workplace.

If you also use your phone for private purposes, you must apportion the cost of phone rental between work-related and private use.

You need to keep a 11 of 15 diary of your work calls over a 4 week period to enable you to establish the business use percentage of your phone or alternatively you can identify the work-related calls from an itemised account.

You can't claim a deduction for the cost of connecting a phone, mobile phone, pager or any other telecommunications equipment as it is a capital expense.  You are also unable to claim an unlisted phone number (silent number) as it is a private expense.

To claim a work-related deduction:

  • you must have spent the money yourself and weren't reimbursed
  • it must be directly related to earning your income

  • you must have a record to prove it.

If the expense was for both work and private purposes, you can only claim a deduction for the work-related portion.

Remember to report all income in your tax return and remove any portion of your expense that is not work-related.

When you claim a deduction, you are stating that everything you have told us is true and can be supported with records. You are responsible for the claims you make in 1 of 15 your tax return, even if you use a registered tax agent to prepare and lodge it on your behalf.

Contributer: You Tax

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Source: Australian Tax Office


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