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What Can You Claim on Your Tax Return?

16 Things You Didn't Know You Could Claim on Your Tax Return

Dealing with the tax system can be overwhelming — we feel you. Between all the paperwork and expenses, it's easy to lose track of what actually makes a difference on your return and what doesn't. There are some expenses, like travel, that are widely understood to be claim-friendly, however, dig a little deeper and you'll find there's a whole lot more you may not have known you were entitled to. Since knowledge is power, below is a handy list from H&R Block.

  • Sunscreen (if you work outdoors)
  • Makeup (if your makeup has SPF and you're required to work outdoors)
  • Handbags (if used for work purposes, for example to carry laptops and stationery)
  • Art (using the $20,000 instant asset write-off, you could get a deduction for artwork purchased for your office)
  • Education (if you're studying subjects related to your employment)
  • Performance utensils (if you're an actor, musician, or similar and requiring classes and instruments)
  • Electricity (if working from home)
  • Shoes (e.g. work boots)
  • Pool tables, ping-pong tables, gaming consoles and televisions (for the office)
  • Subscriptions (to magazines, subscription TV and journals, if related to your employment)
  • Dogs (if used in security and agriculture work)
  • Sex toys (for adult industry workers)
  • Charity donations
  • Mobile phones (for work-related expenses)
  • Laundry (to wash your work uniform)
  • Car expenses (when used for work)
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