This one is for all the office administrators out there; the unsung heroes of EVERY business.
You are the organisers, arrangers, schedulers and geniuses who bring order and process together to make everything happen how it should. Suffice it to say, without you, the office melts into chaos. (You’ve seen your boss stare blankly at the “flashy thing” on the printer, right?)
So, here’s a big thank you to you all, the best way we know how. We thought we’d see how many tax deductions for office admin staff we can bring to your attention. It’s likely to considerably boost your tax refund this year.
Tax deductions for office admin: the basics
Work-related travel and car expenses
For admin staff, it’s common to use public transport or your own car for work-related travel.
For example: Do you need to deliver or pick up items from another office, shop or warehouse? Do you run other errands for your boss or anyone else at work during the day? It’s likely you regularly have to pick up the mail, stationery or food and beverages for meetings after you have arrived at work.
When you need to use of your own car or public transport for any form of work-related travel, and you pay for the fuel etc., you can claim the expenses in the office admin tax deductions section of your tax return. (Note this never includes driving between home to work.)
Work-related travel tax deductions for office admin can include:
- Bus fares
- Train fares
- Taxi fares
- Hire car expenses
- Plane flights
- Private car use (read our blog on car expenses for full details on how and what to claim)
- Bridge and road tolls
Work-related tools and equipment
Have you bought tools or equipment, like a tablet or a laptop bag for your job? Perhaps you’ve purchased a license for some software, or stock images to use in the company newsletter? How about that notebook set you bought for jotting down your to-do list? Don’t miss out on these valuable tax deductions.
Tax-deductible work-related tools and equipment for office admin include:
- Purchase or leasing costs of laptops and tablets
- Computer accessories such as USBs, cables and headphones
- Stationery, including diaries and notebooks
- Software and stock license fees
- Work-related personal phone expenses
- Protective items
- Repair costs for work-related tools and equipment
- Insurance premiums for work equipment
Self-education expenses for admins
Professional development is essential to stay ahead in your career, so its a good habit to get into. Office admin tax deductions include self-education expenses. You can claim these if you take any job-related training during the year, such as:
- Up-skilling in new software that you are required to use in your current position.
- A writing workshop if you are responsible for the company newsletters etc.
- Communication skills if you deal directly with clients
- Course fees
- Travel costs
- Accommodation costs, where relevant
- Equipment purchased for the course
- Manuals and course related journals
To include these expenses in office admin deductions, the training must be directly related to your current job. (For example, you can’t claim a fashion design course if you work as an admin right now.)
Read our blog for much more information on claiming self-education expenses.
Home office running expenses
Are you ever asked to work at home after hours, or do you occasionally work at home during the day – perhaps in school holidays? If you do, you may be able to claim home office expenses.
If you have a room or area of your house (that is not being used by other people) set aside for this work, you can claim the running expenses for this part of your home, along with equipment costs.
You can claim the additional running expenses of your home office in two ways:
- The amount of actual running expenses incurred by recording an established pattern of use.
- Or at a rate of 52 cents per hour.
Be careful – don’t claim home office costs if, for example, you just check your emails in the evening out of habit. This tax deduction is for people who are required to work from home sometimes. The ATO really does investigate this sometimes. If you’re not honest about this one, it can get very uncomfortable with the ATO. You can read more about home office expenses here.
Other common tax deductions for office admins
- The work-related percentage of your personal mobile phone costs
- Union and professional association fees
- Charity donations
- Subscriptions to job related journals and magazines
- Income protection premiums paid outside of Super
- Tax agent fees for preparing your prior year’s tax return
Download a Tax Checklist for Office Admin
To help jog your memory and collect all the right documents and details for tax time, we’ve created a helpful tax checklist that’s personalised for office admin staff.
Know what tax deductions you can claim in you annual tax return and boost your refund EVERY year!
Other tips to make sure you claim all your tax deductions for office admin
- Use a tax agent like Etax – unlike the ATO, your tax return is reviewed twice by accountants who LOVE to tick all the deduction boxes they can for you – BEFORE they lodge it.
- Keep good records of all your finances – TIP: Download the Etax App and snap a photo of all your receipts. Upload them to your Etax account and they’ll all be there waiting for you at tax time. Read our blog on Record Keeping.
- Not sure if you can claim an expense? No problem. Just keep every receipt. One of our awesome accountants will quickly let you know via live chat or my messages, once you’ve logged into to your Etax account.