Tax Return and Deduction Checklist for Retail Industry Workers
Tax season may not be the highlight of your year, but it’s an opportunity to optimise your return from the ATO. To make the most of this, ensure you claim all legitimate deductions and collaborate with seasoned tax professionals who understand how to maximise your income and expenses.
To assist you, this checklist is crafted to guide you through every potential work-related expense, ensuring you receive the best return possible.
Numerous individuals contribute to the retail sector across Australia, sustaining the operation of shops and outlets year-round. If you’re employed in the retail industry, your income statement will be accessible through the ATO, detailing your salary, wages, bonuses, and allowances for the year. Access it via your MyGov account or let your accountant retrieve it on your behalf.
Can I claim any deductions?
You’re eligible to claim tax deductions on money spent during the financial year on products or services directly related to earning your income. The expenditure must be personal (not reimbursed by your employer), and you should maintain a record of the expense, such as a receipt or invoice.
What tax deductions can I claim?
As a retail worker, a variety of deductions are available, including:
Purchase and cleaning of a compulsory uniform or any clothing featuring a design registered by your employer with Aus Industry.
Overtime meal expenses if you receive an overtime meal allowance included in your assessable income.
Technical and professional publications relevant to your work (e.g., a health food magazine for those working in health food shops).
What can’t I claim for tax deduction?
Several key expenses are ineligible for deduction, including:
Clothing of specific color or brand without a company logo, suitable for wear outside the workplace.
Cost of any food, drinks, or snacks consumed during the workday.
Grooming costs like haircuts or cosmetics, even if grooming is a job requirement.
What records do I need to keep?
Maintaining records is crucial, so establish a reliable system. You can keep digital copies (e.g., photo or email receipt) with readable details:
- Name of the supplier
- Amount of the expense
- Nature of goods or services
- Date the expense was paid.
- Date of the document
No receipts are required for expenses under $10 (cumulatively not exceeding $200). For hard-to-get receipts, note the purchase details in your diary.
What happens if I make a mistake in my tax return?
Exercise caution when assembling information and supporting documentation. Only claim genuine deductions to avoid penalties or prosecution. If you realise errors, promptly contact your accountant for necessary amendments.
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