Dentists & Dental Assistants

Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Dentists and Dental Assistants

Dental practitioners diagnose and treat dental disease, and restore normal oral function using surgery and other specialist techniques.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $2,242.50
  • Employment size: 51,345
  • Future growth: Very strong
  • Skill level: Bachelor degree or higher

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel to and from work if employed by agencies with shifting places of work – working at more than one site each day before returning home.
  • Motor vehicle travel between hospitals and dental clinics.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Overnight travel expenses attending dental conferences, seminars, and training courses – includes airfares, accommodation, meals, and incidentals.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Overtime meals – if paid a meal allowance under an Industrial Award.
  • Self-education expenses – must be related to the current job.
  • Magazines, books and journals related to dentistry.
  • Agency commissions and agency fees.
  • Union fees, annual practising certificate fees, licences, and subscriptions.
  • Computers, tools and equipment.
  • Home office running expenses.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Upfront fees, joining fees or search fees paid to an agency.
  • Vaccinations.

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
  • 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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