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Tax Deductions for Tradies

What can tradies claim on tax without receipts? We have a job for you, and this time you are your own client. Build yourself a good foundation for your tax return by claiming all of your work related expenses as tax deductions, then you maximise your money. Don’t leave anything. 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? 

When it comes down to it, there are three main criteria that qualifies an expense for ATO deductions, 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

However, this in itself can be hard to understand. What constitutes an expense as “related” to your job? Here is what defines your taxable income, and a list of expenses that you as a tradie in Australia can deduct on your next online tax return.

What Is Your Taxable Income

Your taxable income is money generated from your employer or your tradie work. Your taxable income also includes:

  • PAYG summaries 
  • Pensions and government allowances 
  • Interest earned (banks etc)
  • Dividends 
  • Rental property income
  • Business income
  • Other income earned (capital gains etc)

Tax Deductible Expenses For Tradies  

Tradie Specific 

  1. Buying any tradie clothes/uniforms 
  2. The cost to laundry tradie clothing/uniforms  that you use for your work
  3. Protective clothing items (hi vis, boots, helmets, sun protection etc) 
  4. Purchase of equipment and tools (hammers, screwdrivers etc) up to $300 
  5. Depreciation expense of equipment and tools (saws etc) over $300
  6. The repair and/or upkeep of tradesperson tools and equipment 
  7. Interest generated from loans relating to work activities
  8. Self-education and courses for work
  9. Tradesman mobile phones in Australia 
  10. Licences for tradies 
  11. Fees from joining a union/other similar organisations 
  12. Subscriptions and magazines relating to your tradie work
  13. Travel expenses if work related (conferences etc)

Tradie Protective Gear

This will probably be one of the bigger deductions you can claim. All of the hard hats, protective glasses, protective boots and everything in between can be claimed on tax, so make sure you keep evidence of the purchase. 

Tradie Work Clothes

You are allowed to claim tax deductions for your work clothes if they have a company name or logo on them. THis includes both buying and the laundry. 

Record What Tools You Buy

If you are a tradesperson, you will no doubt be buying a lot of different tools. Make sure you keep the receipts for these tools because you are allowed to be claiming tools on tax.

Car Expenses 

Usually, you cannot claim your car/travel expense to and from home to work. However, you can if you are also carrying bulky, heavy tools and equipment that can not be stored safely at your place of work. If this is the case, there are two methods you can use to calculate your tax deductible expense: 

  • Cents Per Kilometre: You can claim a certain amount of cents per kilometre you travel for work *(up to 5000km)
  • Logbook: You can keep a logbook over 12 weeks to calculate what percentage of your car you use for work, and claim that percentage of your expense as a tax deduction. 

Mobile Phone

The ol’ tradie phone. As a tradie, you probably use your phone for work to communicate with clients and managers. If you want to know how much you can claim on a tradies mobile phone, you should ask a professional.


  1. Car expenses and general wear (estimated Km or a logbook with all expense items)
  2. Travel expenses for your work (flights, taxis and trains etc)
  3. Accommodation needed on work reasons (including meals)
  4. Phone bills for work
  5. Work related computing 
  6. Working from home costs 
  7. Self-education 
  8. Tax return fees dating to the year previous 
  9. Insurances 
  10. Rental expense (if you are renting)
  11. Charity donations and gifts
  12. Sun protection (if you have to work outside)

Maximising Your Tax Return With An Online Tax Agent

There will be more tax deductions for tradespeople that aren’t on this list. Tax deductions are not only industry specific, but also change from individual to individual.

The best way to claim the most you can is with a tax agent like One Click Life. We have made the process simple with 5 easy steps.

tax deductions for tradies

Usually the rule of thumb is 5 years to keep your receipts, but if you want to know what tax deductions without receipts you can claim, ask a professional.

The more you deduct, the less tax you pay and the more money you can spend on yourself. Clearly, you will want to deduct the most you can, and the sure-fire way to do that is with a tax agent or accountant. If you can claim your tax agent/tax return fee back on tax, why wouldn’t you use one to minimise your tax?

One Click Life fast offers online tax returns at your fingertips in an easy-to-use platform run by industry professionals. 

Taxes, health insurance, and wills can be time-consuming and tedious. Our app allows you to be able to do this fuss-free, giving you a simple way to organise, track and manage all of your life admin in one place.
Let One Click Life take care of your tax return, and life’s essential tasks so you can spend more time doing the things you love. For more tax for tradies, come visit us!