Login or Register   |   About Us   |   Contact Us
Tax Deductions for Police Officers- 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 police officers are summarised in a basic table below:

Deduction    Allowable  Not Allowable
Ammunition X
Briefcases X
Bulletproof jackets/vests or body armours X
Clothing, uniforms and footwear    X *
     – Laundry and maintenance of clothing, uniforms and footwear    X *
Club membership fees  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
Fitness expenses paid by employee, not reimbursed   X*
Gauntlets, holsters, hand grips, handcuffs, holders, pouches, utilitybelts, etc paid by employee not reimbursed X
Glasses/contact lenses X
Guard dogs and security systems at place of residence X
Guns and related equipment paid by employee, not reimbursed  X
Gun cleaning materials paid by employee, not reimbursed  X
Hairdressing and grooming expenses  X
Home office expenses  X*
Insurance of equipment X
 Licence renewal   X*
Meals X
    – Overtime meal expenses  X*
  Medical examinations for licence renewal X
Newspapers X
Parking fees and tolls  X*
Physical training clothing  X
Pistol club membership fees  X
Protective equipment X
 Police Citizens Youth Welfare Association  X
 Police dog maintenance  X
 Police Legacy scheme donations  X
 Police Widows scheme donations  X
 Professional library   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 with specific characteristics  X*

* Conditions apply.

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