Upskilling For Your Job Could Be Claimable On Your Tax Return

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Individuals upskilling and educating themselves may be eligible to claim a deduction for their self-education expenses. These deductions apply to self-education activities that are directly related to an individual’s work as an employee.

In the case that individuals are looking to claim self-education expenses based on a course’s relation to their work, the relation must mean:

  • Maintaining or improving the specific skills or knowledge the individual requires in their current work activities;
  • Resulting in, or likely to result in, an increase in the individual’s income from their current work activities.

For example, if you were involved in a marketing position that required you to take on an IT position in some

There are many types of expenses you can claim as part of your self-education deduction, including:

  • General course expenses (e.g. tuition fees, stationary, textbook, student union fees)
  • Depreciating assets (e.g. computer, desk)
  • Repair costs to assets used for self-education purposes
  • Car assets (claimed using the cents per kilometre method)

Work-related self-education expenses cannot be claimed as part of a deduction. These expenses include travel expenses, child care costs related to attendance of courses and capital costs of items (e.g. computers, desk) acquired for self-education purposes.

Keep in mind that self-education courses which enable individuals to gain new employment are not eligible for deduction claims. Some expenses also need to be apportioned between private purposes and use for self-education such as travel costs and depreciating assets. You will need to estimate your apportions and provide information on such expenses to be eligible to claim.

For more information on what you claim as self-education expenses, visit the ATO’s website or consult with a registered tax adviser for more information. You may be able to claim more or less than you think.

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