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Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Police

Police protect and preserve property, public order and safety through the enforcement of laws.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $1,840
  • Employment size: 70,770
  • Future growth: Strong
  • Skill level: Associate Degree or Diploma

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel between different worksites – e.g. police stations.
  • Fitness expenses if the job requires a fitness level well above the police general standard – e.g. for a physical training instructor, members of special emergency squads, and diving squads.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Police uniform, bulletproof jacket, protective clothing and physical training clothing – if unique and distinctive to the Police Department.
  • Conventional clothing worn by undercover police officers.
  • Payments made to informants including cash, food, cigarettes, etc. – provided that the payments are authorised by the police service and not reimbursed.
  • Computers, tools and equipment – includes guns, ammunition, bulletproof jackets and vests, body armour, gauntlets, holsters, handgrips, handcuffs, holders, pouches, utility belts, gun cleaning materials, equestrian related equipment, and diving equipment.
  • Cost of maintaining and training police dogs.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions – includes Police union fees and Federal Police pistol club membership fees.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Sun protection costs including sunglasses, sunscreens and cosmetics.
  • Self-education expenses.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Costs of maintaining guard dogs or installing security systems for the protection of police officers and their families.
  • Gym fees to maintain personal fitness.
  • Haircuts, grooming, weight loss programs or supplies – even though the police force has specific regulations.

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
  • Fitness expenses
  • Overnight travel expenses


Click here to see Tax Calculator for Police.


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