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Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Housekeepers

Housekeepers perform cleaning and housekeeping duties in hotels, motels commercial premises, and private residences.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $920
  • Employment size: 34,545
  • Future growth: Very Strong
  • Skill level: High School or Certificate I

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 equipment (vacuum cleaners, buckets, solvents, and ladders).
  • Motor vehicle travel between two jobs, travel to attend meetings and picking up supplies.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Protective clothing including safety-coloured vests, gloves, overalls, aprons, and safety glasses.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Union fees, licences registrations and subscriptions.
  • Overtime meal expenses – if paid an overtime meal allowance under an industrial award or law.
  • Technical or professional magazines related to the cleaning job, e.g. Inclean magazine.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and cosmetics.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Sunglasses, sunscreens and cosmetics
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Protective clothing
  • Compulsory work uniform
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions
  • Phone and internet
  • Motor vehicle expenses: cents per km method
  • Home office running expenses


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