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Best Tax Deductions to Claim for Waiters

Waiters serve food and drinks in cafes, restaurants, and hotels.

Employment Profile

  • Average weekly pay: $924.60
  • Employment size: 126,000
  • Future growth: Strong
  • Skill level: Certificate II or III

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Motor vehicle travel between two workplaces, or two jobs, or attending training courses.
  • Phone and internet – work %.
  • Journals, magazines and books that have content connected to your work in the hospitality industry. I.e. Good Food Guide, Top 100 Wines.
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions.
  • Overtime meal expenses.
  • Compulsory work uniform branded with the employers logo.
  • Protective footwear, gloves, and clothing.
  • Computers, tools and equipment.
  • First aid courses, training courses and self-education expenses related to current income earning activities.
  • Cost of making up till or bar shortages.
  • Home office running expenses.
  • Overnight travel expenses attending different workplaces or for training purposes – includes airfares, accommodation and meals.

Professional memberships.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Grooming including hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products.
  • The initial cost of getting a gaming licence.
  • Cost of meals eaten during the workday.
  • Conventional clothing such as plain white shirt and black trousers.

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
  • Overnight travel expenses


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