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Tax Deductions for Truck Drivers- 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 truck drivers are summarised in a basic table below:

Deduction    Allowable  Not Allowable
CB radios  X
Clothing, uniforms and footwear
     – Laundry and maintenance of clothing, uniforms and footwear  X*
Depreciation of tools & equipment X
Drivers Licence (Car) X
Driver Licence special purpose licence (e.g Heavy Combination) X
Fridges X
Functions X
Gifts and greeting cards ( for commission only employees)  X*
Glasses/contact lenses X
Insurance of equipment X
Meals X
    – Overtime meal expenses  X*
Medical examinations for licence renewal X
Newspapers X
Parking fees and tolls  X*
Protective equipment X
Repairs to tools and equipment X
Self education expenses   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
Truck expenses not reimbursed by employer X
Truck washes not reimbursed by employer X
Union fees and professional association fees X
Working dogs for livestock carriers X

*Conditions apply.

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