Tax Deductions for Truck Driver

Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Truck Driver

Truck Drivers drive heavy trucks, tow trucks, and tankers to transport bulky goods and liquids.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $1,495
  • Employment size: 199,815
  • Future growth: Moderate
  • 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 (tools, fridge, sleeping gear).
  • Motor vehicle travel between work sites or for training purposes.
  • Meal expenses when travelling overnight. No substantiation required when a meal allowance has been received and the amount claimed for meal expenses incurred does not exceed the Commissioner’s reasonable amount.
  • Dogs, when used to guard the truck or load livestock onto the truck. The vet bills and pet food bills may qualify as a tax deduction.
  • Cleaning expenses when travelling overnight including showers, laundry, dry cleaning, soap, and shower shoes.
  • Computers, tools and equipment including fridge, freezer, cooking equipment, coffee maker, GPS, bedding, and vehicle maintenance tools.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Medical checkup and drug testing fees.
  • Protective clothing, including safety-coloured vests, steel-capped boots, gloves, and overalls.
  • Sun protection costs including sunglasses, sunscreen and cosmetics.
  • Courses, seminars and self-education expenses.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Overnight travel expenses attending different workplaces or for training purposes – includes accommodation and meals.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Speeding and parking fines.
  • Truck driving course.

Tax Strategies we can assist you with.

  • Self-education expenses
  • Sunglasses, sunscreens and cosmetics
  • Computers, tools, equipment and other assets
  • Protective clothing
  • 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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