Thursday, 25 July 2013

Tax tips, part 5: work-related clothing, laundry, and dry-cleaning expenses

One of the benefits of moving from consulting into an industrial business is being able to claim a tax deduction on a uniform.  In our corporate office, we aren’t required to wear a uniform, but for visits to our operational facilities, I don my trusty blue shirt and work boots.  I could never understand why the consulting firms never issued a consulting uniform … an Armani suit and matching Italian shirt with the firm logo anyone?

Anyway, work-related clothing, laundry and dry-cleaning expenses are entered into section D3 on your tax return.

What you can claim

You can claim a deduction for the cost of purchasing or renting:
  • Occupation-specific clothing
  • Protective clothing
  • Unique, distinctive uniforms
You can also claim the costs of washing, drying, ironing, and/or dry-cleaning the eligible work clothes above.

To support your deduction you need to keep written evidence that you purchased the clothing and diary records or written evidence of your cleaning costs.