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Tax Deductions for Nurses- Lodge your tax return here.

As a starting point, a deduction is only allowable if an expense is:

a)      Actually incurred;

b)      Meets the deductibility tests;  and

c)       Satisfies the substantiation rules.

Most occupations have specific work-related deductions for their industry.

The most common work-related tax deductions for nurses are summarised in a basic table below:

Deduction    Allowable  Not Allowable
Annual Practicing Certificate fees X
    – Commission payments X
    – Upfront fees, joining fees or search fees paid to nursing agency X
    – Cost of obtaining employment through a nursing agency X
Calculators and electronic organisers X
Child care X
Clothing, uniforms and footwear X *
     – Laundry and maintenance of clothing, uniforms and footwear X *
Computers and software X *
Conferences, seminars and training courses X *
Depreciation of equipment X
Fines X
First aid courses paid by employee, not reimbursed X
Glasses/contact lenses X
Grooming X
Home office expenses X *
Insurance of equipment X
Meals X
    – Overtime meal expenses X *
Newspapers X
Parking fees and tolls X *
Professional library X
Removal and relocation expenses X
Repairs to equipment X
Self education expenses  X*
Stationery X
Technical or professional publications X
Telephone, mobile phone, pager not supplied by employer X
Travel expenses
    – Accom, fares, meals, incidentals not reimbursed  X
    – Public transport fares or motor vehicle costs
                         – Home to work  X
                         – Home to shifting place of work X
                         – Between two places of work X
                         – Normal work to alternate place of work X
Union fees and professional association fees X
Vaccinations X
Watches (fob watch only) X

*Conditions apply.

If you would like to find out more about tax deductions for nurses, please contact us at Ask Us Tax. We have a number of clients in the nursing industry and are confident we can maximise your work-related deduction claim.