Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Pilots

Pilots fly aeroplanes to transport passengers, mail and freight or provide agricultural, or aerial surveillance.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $6,900
  • Employment size: 13,860
  • Future growth: Decline
  • Skill level: Bachelor degree or higher

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Overnight travel expenses including meals, drinks and incidentals – these will be deductible if incurred, receipted, and not reimbursed.
  • Motor vehicle travel between workplaces or for training purposes.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Cost of anti-glare glasses used to combat the harsh working conditions inside a cockpit.
  • Premiums paid for salary guarantee and loss of licence insurance.
  • Medical examination costs associated with the renewal of work-related business licences.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Courses, seminars and self-education expenses.
  • Computers, tools and equipment – includes travel bags, overnight bags, suit packs, suitcases and luggage trolleys.
  • Rehydrating moisturiser and rehydrating hair conditioner when used to combat the drying effects of the aircraft cabin pressure.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • The cost of buying timepieces or watches.
  • The cost of transporting luggage to the airport.
  • Prescription glasses and contact lenses.

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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