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ARCHITECTS AND INTERIOR DESIGNERS

TAX DEDUCTIONS

FY2022

SELF EDUCATION

FCT v. Finn, (1961) 106 CLR 60

The High Court allowed an employee architect, an income tax deduction for the cost of an overseas trip undertaken voluntarily by the architect to study modern developments in architecture. The fact that the expenditure was incurred voluntarily did not affect the taxpayer's right to a deduction.

 

OVERNIGHT TRAVEL EXPENSES WITH NO TRAVEL ALLOWANCE PAID

CONDITIONS

1.  You must be away from your ordinary residence. You must sleep away from your home.

2. You must not stay in one town for more than 21 consecutive days (Roads and Traffic Authority of NSW case; MT 2030).

3. You must have a description of what you did and how it related to your work (the more technical the better).

4. You must keep a diary and written evidence. Try photographing these with your mobile.

5. You must apportion your expenses for days that did not include self education.

PLEASE SUMMARIZE THE FOLLOWING:

Air fares

Taxis or car hire

Accommodation

Meals

Water

Alcohol - e.g. wine & beer

Snacks

Toiletries

Reading materials - e.g. newspapers, magazines, books, etc.

Movies - e.g. DVDs, in-house, cinema, etc.

 

ARCHITECTS

Most countries and cities around the world will have significance architectural importance from the moment you step out your door so most of your travel expenses will be tax deductible as self education. You may need to apportion your trip for days that do not relate to your work. Please keep detailed technical diary notes (the more technical the better) of what you have experienced and take photos.

INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR DESIGNERS

Most countries and cities around the world will have signifiance design importance from the moment you step out your door so most of your travel expenses will be tax deductible as self education. You may need to apportion your trip for days that do not relate to your work. Please keep detailed technical diary notes (the more technical the better) of what you have experienced and take photos.

 

You may also claim the following:

HOME OFFICE

Method 1

You may claim home office electricity based on floor area e.g. 5%. x $400 (electricity bill per quarter) x 4 = $80. This area must be for the sole purpose of home office. It cannot be for multi-use e.g. dining room table.

Furniture, desks, fax machines, filing cabinets, book shelves, pictures, carpets, blinds, etc may be depreciated at usually 20%.

Depreciable Items < $300 may be 100% depreciated.

E.g. desk $250 x 100%, chair $120 x 100%, carpet $1,000 x 20%, blinds $600 x 20% = $690

Method 2

You may use the ATO 52c per hour rate to claim electricity, gas and depreciation of furniture. You must keep a 4 week diary.

E.g. 52c x 20 hours per week x 52 weeks = $540.80 or COVID rate of 80c per hour

 

WORK EXPENSES

iPhone, mobiles & home phone

Computers - iPad, Macs, laptops & desktops

Computer supplies

Stationery - Cartridges, diaries, pens & office sundry

Internet

Self education, conferences and courses.

 

PRIVATE USE APPORTIONMENT

If there is private use (other than incidental use) a 28 day diary is required each year or where the work % changes by more than 10%.

 

RECORDS - Please use Receipt Bank

You may claim $200 worth of items costing < $10 without receipts.

 

PLACE OF BUSINESS AT HOME

You may claim a percentage of rent, interest, home depreciation, rates, water, insurance, repairs, cleaning, pest control, gardening, etc. based on floor area.

This would apply to the following:

A small business operator whose main office is in their home.

A trades person who has their workshop at home.

A doctor or dentist who has their surgery or consulting room at home.

 

CAPITAL GAINS TAX IMPLICATIONS

You will lose a proportion (based on floor area and time operating at home) of your capital gains tax main residence exemption due to your income producing activity.

 

SUN PROTECTION AND SUN GLASSES

Includes sun glasses, sun screens and hats.

You do not need receipts for up to $200 of items that cost less than $10. The $200 is a total for the whole tax return.

 

TOLLS & PARKING

You do not need receipts for up to $200 of items that cost less than $10. The $200 is a total for the whole tax return.

 

COURSES

Courses include fees (but not HECS), books, laptops, internet, stationery, home office expenses, some travel to a place of education.

You do not need receipts for up to $200 of items that cost less than $10. The $200 is a total for the whole tax return.

The course must relate to your current income producing activity, not income that will be made in the future. e.g. Medical School expenses are not a tax deduction for a doctors income in the future.

If your course is run by a university, TAFE or college you must reduce your expenses by the first $250.

 

SECURITY/CRIMINAL CHECKS ATO TR 98/6 PARA 177

Security checks are usually not deductible as the expense happens at a point too soon before the income is earned.

Renewal of criminal checks may be deductible as you are currently earning income e. g school teacher's blue cards.

The ATO allows the preparation of resumes and travel to attend an interview as a tax deduction against Centrelink income.

 

Please keep all receipts and bank statements. We recommend Receipt Bank.

 


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