Tax Deductions for Teachers

Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Teachers (Educational) Aides

Teachers’ aides assist teaching staff by performing non-teaching duties including going over lessons with students individually, answering questions or grading assignments.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $1,066
  • Employment size: 117,180
  • Future growth: Very Strong
  • 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 school equipment (for example sporting equipment).
  • Motor vehicle travel transporting students, for training purposes, or between two separate schools.
  • Teaching aids used for work – includes stationary, reference books, and technical journals.
  • Self-education expenses, professional seminars, courses, conferences and workshops.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Computer, tools and equipment.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Costs incurred taking students on excursions, educational and sporting trips and camps – if the trips have an educational benefit and are related to the curriculum or extracurricular activities of the school.
  • Handbag, briefcase or satchel.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions.
  • Overnight travel expenses attending different workplaces and for training purposes – includes airfares, accommodation and meals.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Motor vehicle travel when doing minor tasks on the way to work or home, such as picking up the mail. Also, when on call, or working outside normal work hours, or travelling between home and work more than once a day – for example, driving home at the end of the school day and then returning to work to attend a school speech night in the evening.
  • Conventional clothing including sports clothes – for example, tracksuits, aerobic shoes, aerobics clothing, etc. (even applies to sports teachers).
  • Cost of attending staff dinners, school formals and other social functions – if the cost of the ticket provides for food, drink or entertainment.
  • Student expenses including teaching aids supplied to students, student gifts, and student meals.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • 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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