Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Fitness Instructors

Fitness Instructors provide exercise advice and motivate clients by setting goals, enhancing accountability, and providing feedback.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $1,150
  • Employment size: 32,550
  • Future growth: Very Strong
  • Skill level: Certificate II or III

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel to and from work if having either shifting workplaces (working at more than one site each day before returning home), or transporting bulky fitness equipment.
  • Motor vehicle travel between various places of work, training related travel, or travel to competitions – where the prizes won would be part of income, or where coaching students.
  • Telephone and internet – work %.
  • Sun protection costs including sunglasses, sunscreen and cosmetics.
  • Computers, tools and equipment – includes weights, mats, bars, sound system, treadmill, etc.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employer’s logo.
  • Self-education expenses – if related to current work and not reimbursed.
  • Music, CDs, audio equipment and exercise videos.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Travel for sporting events attended as a spectator or as a participant unless the travel is undertaken in the course of performing work duties.
  • General exercise clothing including tracksuits, shorts, tank tops, running shoes, sweat socks, armbands, headbands, and t-shirts.
  • Pre-vocational courses such as a Certificate III in Fitness.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Self-education expenses
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours
  • Sunglasses, sunscreens and cosmetics
  • 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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