If you are employed as an ambulance officer or ambulance driver, some of the deductible expenses you may be able to claim on your tax return are:
Meals & Travel
The cost of the following: Meals when you work overtime
Parking, tolls, taxis & public transport when travelling to attend seminars, conferences, meetings and training courses not held at your usual place of work, or to travel between two or more stations
Using your own car for work, including travel to attend meetings, conferences or training courses that are not held at your workplace, to pick up supplies or to travel between two different stations for shifts or call-outs. It is best to keep diary records of the number of kilometres travelled during the year for these purposes.
The cost of the following: Compulsory uniforms, including shirts, pants, shirts, jackets, jumper
Protective work boots
Laundry, dry cleaning and repairs or alterations of your uniforms
The cost of the following: Work-related training courses e.g. first aid, OH&S, wound-care, treatment updates, rescue, rapid response courses and conferences, provided they relate to your current employment. You can also claim the travel expenses to attend these courses.
Self education courses run by universities (not including HELP or HECS) or TAFE, for example Diploma in Paramedical Science, provided they relate to your current employement. If studying, costs of books, stationery, travel and equipment required for the course.
The costs of: Buying and repairing equipment used at work, including medical equipment and tools, electronic organisers, laptops and mobile phones.
Repairs to equipment used at work
Stationery items, diaries, briefcases
Memberships, Subscriptions, Books, Telephones, Internet
The costs of: Union dues
Work related books, magazines and journals
Work related home and mobile phone calls and rental (diary records should be kept to substantiate the numbers of phone calls you make for one month and then the accrued cost can be calculated)
Internet connection fees (only the proportion of the fee that relates to work use can be claimed)
Home office (diary records should be used to substantiate the hours per month spent working from home)
The cost of deductions that all employees can claim on their tax returns include:
Bank fees charged on investment accounts
Donations to registered charities (so long as nothing is received in return for the donation eg raffle tickets or novelty items)
Tax agent fees, including the cost of travelling to see your agent to have your return prepared.
Income protection or sickness and accident premiums
Rightwayaccounting suggest you keep receipts for all purchases that are work related, even if they are not listed above. When we prepare your return we can determine whether the expense is tax deductible or not.