Work-related travel expenses can really add up.
But at tax time, if you’re eligible, those expenses can also boost your tax refund with some big tax deduction claims!
What are work-related travel expenses?
If you incur any travel related expense that directly relates to your specific job function, you may be eligible to claim a deduction. Depending on your circumstances and provided you have the necessary documentation, you can claim the cost of transport and incidentals, and, if you were away overnight, even meals!
What types of work travel expenses qualify?
Travel expenses you can claim on your tax return under item D2 can include:
- Incidental expenses
- Air, bus, train and taxi fares
- Bridge and road tolls
- Parking fees
- Car hire charges
- Meals (if your travel included an overnight stay)
Some important details…
To claim any work travel expenses, your travel must be specifically work-related.
If it includes an overnight trip, you should also have a travel diary to support your claim. If you don’t have a travel diary handy, no problem! Here’s a travel diary template you can use, from the Etax Downloadable Resources page.
Here’s a tax deductions rule that goes double for work travel: KEEP YOUR RECEIPTS!
Unfortunately, you can’t normally claim for travel between work and home. You can however, claim the cost of travel between two different workplaces. These rules apply whether you travel by train, bus, taxi or your own private vehicle.
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(Updated June 2015)
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