When rounding up your animals, you wouldn’t leave half behind in another paddock, and when you harvest you aren’t only going to do half of your farm leaving the other half to be rendered useless.
The same logic should be taken with your Tax Return when claiming tax deductions – you don’t leave half behind for them to become useless.
If you’re a farmer or labourer on an agricultural property, don’t leave any of your tax deductible expenses behind (trust us, you really want to include everything). If you save every little bit, and deduct everything you’re entitled to, the return can be massive. What are the details though, and what are you taxed against?
What qualifies your tax deduction?
There are only three main requirements that qualify as an expense for tax deductions (it’s that easy), which is calculated against your income:
- You must have spent the money and not have been reimbursed
- It must be related to your job
- You must have a record to prove it
What constitutes an expense as “related” to your job you might ask?
Here’s a definition of your taxable income, and a list of farmer tax deductions.
What is your taxable income
Your taxable income is money generated from your employer or your work. Your taxable income also includes:
- PAYG summaries
- Pensions and government allowances
- Interest earned (banks etc)
- Rental property income
- Business income
- Other income earned (capital gains etc)
Tax deductible expenses for farmers
- Buying work clothes/farm uniforms (if required to wear them and they have a logo)
- The cost to laundry clothes/uniforms
- Protective clothing items (if required)
- Purchase of equipment and tools (if required) up to $300
- Depreciation expense of equipment and tools over $300
- The repair and/or upkeep of tools and equipment (if required)
- Home office expenses (if needed to work from home)
- Interest generated from loans relating to work activities
- Self-education and courses if they are related to your farming work
- Licences and certificates relating to your farming work
- Fees from joining a union/other similar organisations
- Subscriptions and magazines relating to your work
- Travel expenses if work related (conferences etc)
As a farmer or labourer, you’ve no doubt had to buy a fair share of protective gear and clothing. From hard hats, to reinforced boots, to sunglasses, to sunscreen, you can claim all of these as a tax deduction.
If you need a hand, make sure you get the help from someone that knows what they’re doing.
Purchase of tools and equipment
The purchase of tools and equipment for your farming work, if they are less than $300, can be claimed as a straight tax deduction. If the purchase was more than $300, then you’ll have to claim the depreciation expense of the item.
Repair of tools and equipment
When your tools and equipment break and you need to fix them, you can claim this cost as a tax deduction. This may help you decide whether you need to buy new equipment or have it repaired, so keep it in mind.
Farming properties certainly aren’t small, and it’s no secret that Australian farmers have to travel significant distances for work. If you are travelling because it is necessary for work, you can claim the expense as a tax deduction.
Get the help of a professional to calculate your travel expenses.
- Car expenses and general wear if your car use is work related (estimated Km or a logbook with all expense items)
- Travel expenses for your work (flights, taxis and trains etc)
- Accommodation needed for work reasons (including meals)
- Work phone bills
- Work related computing
- Work from home costs
- Tax Return fees dating to the year previous
- Rental expense (if you are renting)
- Charity donations and gifts
- Sun protection (if you have to work outside)
Maximising your Tax Return with an online tax agent
There will be more tax tips and deductions for Australian farmers that aren’t on this list. Tax deductions are not only industry specific, but also change from individual to individual.
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