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Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Café and Restaurant Workers

Cafe and restaurant workers prepare, sell and serve food and beverages for consumption on the premises.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $920
  • Employment size: 102,915
  • Future growth: Very strong
  • Skill level: High school or Certificate I

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel between two workplaces, or two jobs, travel picking up goods or attending training.
  • Phone and internet  – work %.
  • Training courses e.g. barista course, first aid.
  • Cost of making up till or bar shortages.
  • Journals, magazines and books that have content connected to work in the hospitality industry – e.g. Good Food Guide, Top 100 Wines.
  • Computers, tools and equipment.
  • Overtime meal expenses  – if paid an overtime meal allowance under an award or industrial agreement.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Protective footwear, gloves, and clothing.
  • Self-education expenses related to current income earning activities.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Overnight travel expenses.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Grooming including hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products.
  • Cost of meals eaten during the workday.
  • Conventional clothing such as plain white shirt and black trousers.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Overtime meal expenses
  • Self education expenses
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Compulsory work uniform
  • Phone and internet
  • Motor vehicle expenses: cents per km method
  • Home office running expenses
  • Overnight travel expenses


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