Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Sales/Shop Assistants

Sales/Shop Assistants sell goods and services, such as food, clothing, hardware, household appliances, office supplies and cosmetics, in retail and wholesale establishments.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $977.50
  • Employment size: 528,570
  • Future growth: Moderate
  • Skill level: High School or Certificate I

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel between two workplaces (shops), or two jobs, or for training purposes.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Computers, tools and equipment.
  • Journals, magazines and books that have content connected to work in the sales industry.
  • Overtime meal expenses – if a meal allowance was received under an industrial award.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Training courses – e.g. sales course.
  • Cost of making up till shortages.
  • Self-education expenses related to current income earning activities.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Handbags, briefcases, and satchels.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Grooming including hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products.
  • Cost of meals eaten during the workday.
  • Conventional clothing – even if the employer makes it compulsory.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Overtime meal expenses
  • Self-education expenses
  • 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
  • Handbags, briefcases and satchels
  • Overnight travel expenses


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