Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Music Professionals

Music Professionals write, arrange, orchestrate, conduct and perform musical compositions.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $747.50
  • Employment size: 9,135
  • Future growth: Decline
  • Skill level: Bachelor Degree or Higher

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Coaching classes or lessons if undertaken to maintain existing specific skills or to obtain work-related skills for use in a particular role or performance – this applies even if the training is undertaken between engagements.
  • 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 musical equipment.
  • Motor vehicle travel between work locations, or for training purposes.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Home occupancy costs if working from home – includes % of rent, mortgage interest, rates, insurance, etc.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Commissions paid to theatrical agents.
  • Computers, tools and equipment – includes televisions, video recorders, compact disc players and professional libraries.
  • Overtime meal expenses.
  • Audio, videotapes, video digital discs and compact discs used for rehearsal.
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours.
  • Overnight travel expenses including airfares, accommodation and meals.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions.
  • Client gifts brought for work purposes.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Joining fees paid to agencies.
  • Audition expenses – as incurred to gain work.
  • Gifts such as flowers or alcohol provided to fellow performers, producers or directors (as it is a private expense).
  • Cost of attending awards nights or other social functions.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Home office occupancy expenses
  • Self-education expenses
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Logbook for motor vehicles
  • Gifts to clients, suppliers and contractors
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions
  • Phone and internet
  • Overnight travel expenses


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