Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Flight Attendants

Flight Attendants (also known as Stewards/Stewardesses, Air Hosts/Hostesses, Cabin Attendants) are members of an aircrew employed by airlines primarily to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers aboard flights.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $1,276.50
  • Employment size: 12,600
  • Future growth: Very Strong
  • Skill level: Certificate III or IV

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Overnight travel expenses including meals, drinks and incidentals – these will be deductible if incurred, receipted, and not reimbursed.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Motor vehicle travel between various places of work or training related travel.
  • Rehydrating moisturiser and rehydrating hair conditioner.
  • Cash or bar shortages – the cost of making up cash or bar shortages.
  • Courses and seminars.
  • Computers, tools and equipment – includes travel bags, overnight bags, suit packs, suitcases and luggage trolleys.
  • Visa application fees – where a visa is a requirement for entry into a country as part of the job.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Grooming expenses – cosmetics, skin care, hairdressing.
  • The cost of acquiring product knowledge – for example, on cheese, wine and travel that is not sufficiently related to income-earning activities.
  • The cost of buying or maintaining timepieces.
  • The cost of transporting luggage to the airport.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Self-education expenses
  • 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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