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Tax Deductions for Sales Representatives

Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Sales Representatives

Sales Representatives represent companies to sell their goods and business services to wholesale and retail establishments.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $1,200
  • Employment size: 126,300
  • Future growth: Stable
  • Skill level: Certificate II or III

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 when visiting clients, i.e. client samples and demonstration equipment.
  • Motor vehicle travel between offices, visiting clients or for training purposes.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Client gifts bought for work purposes by salespersons who are entitled to receive commission income – includes a Christmas hamper, a bottle of whisky, wine, gift vouchers, flowers, etc.
  • Home office occupancy expenses if required by the employer to work from home – includes a % of rent, mortgage interest, rates, insurance, etc.
  • Computers, tools and equipment.
  • Referral commission and expenses.
  • Handbag, briefcase or satchel.
  • Overnight travel expenses visiting clients, or for training/conferences – includes airfares, accommodation and meals.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions.
  • Work-related training courses – includes first aid, OH&S, bookkeeping, sales techniques, customer service, merchandising, computer skills or management.
  • Overseas conferences, courses and study tours.
  • Self-education expenses – includes course fees, books, stationery, equipment and travel.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Advertising – if earning income from a fixed salary and not entitled to earn commission.
  • Gifts – if earning a fixed income and not entitled to earn commission.
  • Entertainment expenses including buying lunch for a client or business associate.
  • Expenses incurred in attending social functions e.g. monthly sales representative networking breakfasts.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

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

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