Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Counsellors

Counsellors work with people to help them to identify and define their emotional issues through therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy and interpersonal therapy.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $1,529.50
  • Employment size: 24,675
  • Future growth: Very Strong
  • Skill level: Bachelor degree or higher

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel to and from work if having shifting work places – working at more than one site each day before returning home.
  • Motor vehicle travel between offices, visiting clients or for training purposes.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Computers, cameras, video recorders, and equipment.
  • Home office occupancy costs if required by the employer to work from home – includes rent, mortgage interest, rates, insurance, etc.
  • Handbag, satchel or briefcase.
  • Overnight travel expenses visiting clients or attending different workplaces.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Self-education expenses.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Entertainment expenses such as buying lunch for a client or business associate.
  • Expenses incurred in attending social functions e.g. counsellors monthly networking breakfasts.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Self-education expenses
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Compulsory work uniform
  • Logbook for motor vehicles
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions
  • Phone and internet
  • Home office running expenses
  • Handbags, briefcases and satchels
  • Overnight travel expenses


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