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Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Sportspersons

Sportspersons participate in sporting events for monetary gain either as individuals or as members of a team.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $2,300
  • Employment size: 10,185
  • Future growth: Strong
  • Skill level: Certificate III or IV

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Costs of maintaining a very high level of fitness and physical activity – e.g. gym fees and training fees.
  • Legal expenses, fines and penalties for on-field conduct.
  • Player-manager and agent fees.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions – includes professional association fees and competition entry fees.
  • Motor vehicle travel to and from training, matches and other sporting activities if required to transport bulky sporting gear.
  • Overnight travel expenses if required to travel away from home overnight to play an interstate or overseas game.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Luggage if used to transport gear used to play an interstate game.
  • Visits to the physio or chiropractor – TR 95/D5.
  • Compulsory or corporate clothing, where there is a strictly enforced policy making it compulsory to wear that clothing – this includes shirts with club emblems or embellishments, standard matching shorts or tracksuits, hats or caps with club emblems, jerseys and jumpers with club emblems, and suits with club emblems.
  • Protective clothing including headgear, mouthguards, sun-protection clothing, and sports skins.
  • Sun protection items including sunglasses, sunscreens, and cosmetics.
  • Computers, tools, and equipment – includes training equipment such as weights, mats, bars, sound system, and treadmill.
  • Self-education expenses if related to current occupation.
  • Home office running expenses.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Medical expenses.
  • General exercise clothing including tracksuits, shorts, tank tops, running shoes, sweat socks, armbands, headbands, and t-shirts.
  • Vitamins, minerals, sports supplements (used pre- or post-game such as protein shakes), food substitutes, weight management programme costs and hygiene products.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Self-education expenses
  • Sunglasses, sunscreens and cosmetics
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Protective clothing
  • Compulsory work uniform
  • Logbook for motor vehicles
  • Phone and internet
  • Home office running expenses
  • Fitness expenses
  • Overnight travel expenses


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