Tax Deductions for Security Guards

Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Security Guards

Security Guards provide security and investigative services to organisations and individuals.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $1,353.55
  • Employment size: 52,605
  • Future growth: Moderate
  • Skill level: High School or Certificate I

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel to and from work if having shifting places of work – working at more than one site each day before returning home.
  • Motor vehicle travel between work sites or for training purposes.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Guard dog expenses if it’s a requirement of employment to provide a guard dog – includes food, veterinary expenses and registration fees.
  • Sun protection costs including sunglasses, sunscreens and cosmetics.
  • Computers, tools and equipment – includes mobile phones, laptops, ammunition, bulletproof jackets, body armour, gauntlets, holsters, handgrips, handcuffs, holders, pouches, and utility belts.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions – includes annual security licence fees.
  • Overtime meals – if paid a meal allowance under an industrial award.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Self-education expenses.
  • Overnight travel expenses attending different workplaces or for training purposes – includes accommodation and meals.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Training fees and costs of obtaining the initial security licence or ticket.
  • Normal drivers licence.
  • The purchase cost of the guard dog – as it’s a capital cost.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Self-education expenses
  • Sunglasses, sunscreens and cosmetics
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Compulsory work uniform
  • Tax deductible dogs
  • 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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