Tax Deductions for Chefs

Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Chefs

A Chef is a trained professional cook who is proficient in all aspects of food preparation. The word ‘chef’ is derived from the term chef de cuisine, the director or head of a kitchen.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $1,207.50
  • Employment size: 89,250
  • Future growth: Very strong
  • Skill level: Associate degree or diploma

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel to and from work if having either shifting workplaces, or transporting bulky equipment (knives). A deduction is allowable if it’s essential that the chef use the bulky equipment in their daily job, and there is no secure place to store it at work.
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours – these travel expenses will generally be deductible if they enable the chef to become more proficient in carrying out their current job and will likely lead to an increase in the income from their current job.
  • Motor vehicle travel picking up food supplies, attending seminars, and travel between restaurants.
  • Computers, knives, tools and equipment.
  • Traditional chef’s uniform  – consisting of a chef’s hat, chef’s checked pants, a chef’s white jacket and a white neckerchief.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Journals, periodicals and magazines that have a content sufficiently connected to a chef’s employment.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations & subscriptions.
  • Conferences, seminars and training courses to maintain or increase a chef’s knowledge, ability or skills.
  • Self-education expenses connected to the chef’s current income-earning activities.
  • Overnight travel expenses.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Self-education expenses
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Compulsory work uniform
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions
  • Phone and internet
  • Motor vehicle expenses: cents per km method
  • Home office running expenses
  • Overnight travel expenses


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