There’s a slight common misconception around what you can claim in your tax return regarding clothes for work, so I thought today I’d write a quick blog just explaining exactly what you can and cannot claim here.
Everyone thinks that any clothes you may use for business is claimable, unfortunately that is incorrect!
Yes you may wear a suit to go to business meetings, and yes you may wear a pair of jeans if you’re out and about running some errands, but the only form of clothing you are actually allowed to claim is ‘Protective Clothing’.
So this means anything that is a necessity to ensure your safety whilst completing your field of work. Items like steel-toed boots, helmets, reflective clothing, a weight belt if you’re lifting heavy loads etc etc.
Basically if you’re thinking of claiming a piece of clothing, just ask yourself “does this keep me safe whilst I work” if the answer is yes then you can claim that expense!
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