Tax return income and deductions checklist
17 July 2019
As tax time rolls around again, it’s important to understand what you need to declare as income, and what you can claim as tax deductions.
Below is a list of items that you may need to consider, depending on your individual circumstances.
It’s important to declare all forms of income on your tax return.
Below is a list of income items that need to be declared if they apply to you:
- Income reported on your PAYG Payment Summary or Income
Statement (for all jobs you hold)
- Allowances / Tips / Director’s Fees
- Employer lump sum payment
- Centrelink / pension income
- Annuities / superannuation lump sum payments
- Interest amounts and TFN credits
- Dividend statements
- Employee share schemes
- Partnership and trust distributions
- Business income
- Capital gains or losses on property and/or shares
- Foreign income (e.g. foreign pensions, foreign employment income
and capital gains on overseas assets)
- Rental property income
- Taxable scholarships
- Jury service payments
- Income earned via the sharing economy (e.g. Uber, Airtasker,
Other items to consider
In addition to declaring income, you’ll also need to provide details of any of the below items that may apply to your situation:
- HELP (Higher Education Loan Program) / HECS
- SFSS (Student Financial Supplement Scheme)
- Child Support Agency Liability
- Net Medical Expenses Offset
- Private health insurance statement
- PAYG instalment credits
- Other offsets and tax credits
- Reportable fringe benefits amount
What you can claim as as tax deduction will depend solely on your individual circumstances.
When including a deduction claim on your tax return, you must ensure you are eligible to make the claim, and can provide evidence that you incurred the expense.
It’s best to speak to your tax agent if you are unsure about which deductions you are eligible to claim.
Below are some examples of common tax deductions that you may need to consider when lodging your tax return.
General tax deductions
- Work related motor vehicle expenses (logbook maybe required)
- Gifts and donations
- Tax related expenses (inc. tax agent fees, travel to tax agent)
- Un-deducted Purchase Price – Pension / Annuity
- Income Protection Insurance
- Union fees
- Home office expenses
- Work specific seminars / courses / conferences
- Overtime meal expenses
- Tools and equipment
- Telephone / mobile phone / internet
- Bank fees (e.g. re: deductible purchases)
- Interest expenses (e.g. re: deductible purchases)
- Sun protection items (if you job requires you to work outdoors, e.g.
sunscreen, safety glasses, protective gloves)
- Reference books / journals / trade magazines
- Prior year losses
- Superannuation contributions
Contact the team at Shakespeare on 08 9321 2111 if you’d like to discuss how this information may apply to your individual circumstances.
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