Fast Food Cooks

Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Cooks and Fast Food Cooks

Cooks prepare, season and cook food in dining and catering establishments.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $920
  • Employment size: 84,000
  • Future growth: Strong
  • Skill level: Certificate III or IV

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel to and from work while transporting bulky equipment (normally 20 plus kilos). A deduction is allowable if it’s essential that the cooks 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 cook 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 cook’s uniform – a set of clothing consisting of a hat, checked pants, and white jacket.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Journals, periodicals and magazines that have a content sufficiently connected to a cook’s employment.
  • Phone and internet – work %. 
  • Union and professional association fees.
  • Conferences, seminars and training courses to maintain or increase a cook’s knowledge, ability or skills.
  • Self-education expenses connected to the cook’s current income-earning activities.
  • Overnight travel expenses attending different workplaces or for training.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Overtime meal expenses
  • Self-education expenses
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours
  • 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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