Travel Consultants

Tax Deductions for Travel Consultants
If you are employed as a travel agent, 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, provided you have been paid an overtime allowance by your employer Parking, tolls, taxis & public transport when travelling to attend seminars, conferences, meetings and training courses or travel between two jobs or stores (if you need to stay away overnight you can also claim for the cost of all meals and your accommodation) Using your own car for work, including travel to attend seminars, meetings, conferences or training courses or if you are required to travel between two jobs or stores. It is best to keep diary records of the number of kilometres travelled during the year for these purposes.

Domestic or overseas travel, where the purpose of the travel is for educationalor research purposes. However there are a number of conditions you will need to satisfy to be able to claim for educational trips.

Work Clothing
The cost of the following: Compulsory uniforms, including shirts, pants, shirts, jackets, jumpers, ties and scarves (the logo must be on the uniform to ensure it is tax deductible)Laundry, dry cleaning and repairs or alterations of your uniforms .

Training
The cost of the following: Work-related short training courses e.g. wholesaler training or industry promotions, AFTA courses first aid, OH&S, computer skills, or management, which are not run by a university or TAFE 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 Cert III in Tourism, provided they relate to your current employment. If studying, costs of books, stationery, travel and equipment required for the course.

Work Clothing
The cost of the following: Compulsory uniforms, including shirts, pants, shirts, jackets, jumpers, ties and scarves (the logo must be on the uniform to ensure it is tax deductible)Laundry, dry cleaning and repairs or alterations of your uniforms .

Training
The cost of the following: Work-related short training courses e.g. wholesaler training or industry promotions, AFTA courses first aid, OH&S, computer skills, or management, which are not run by a university or TAFE 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 Cert III in Tourism, provided they relate to your current employment. If studying, costs of books, stationery, travel and equipment required for the course.

Work Tools & Equipment
The costs of: Buying and repairing equipment used at work, including cameras (video and digital), electronic organisers, laptops and mobile phones. Stationery items, diaries, briefcases Memberships, Subscriptions, Books, Telephones, Internet

The costs of: Association membership fees 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) Entry fees to tourist attractions where the purpose of the visit is research to assist in providing recommendations to clients