Membership or Subscriptions for Work?
Do you have a union membership or subscribe to a trade, business or professional association for work purposes? You may be able to claim a tax deduction for these costs!
If you paid for the membership or subscription yourself and weren’t reimbursed, hang onto your receipts for tax time.
It pays to learn what you can claim, so find out more at
As a rule of thumb, if you need to spend money to earn income, you can usually claim it – either as an immediate deduction or over time.
To be a legitimate expense claim, you have to be able to show:
- you need to incur the expense to earn the income, and
- the expense is not private or domestic in nature.
- Books, periodicals and digital information
- Cost of managing tax affairs
- Election expenses
- Income protection insurance
- Interest charged by the ATO
- Claiming mobile phone, internet and home phone expense
- Glasses and contact lenses
- Deductions for specific industries and occupations
- Overtime meals
- Personal super contributions
- Project pool deductions
- Seminars, conferences and education workshops
- UPP of a foreign pension or annuity
- Union fees and subscriptions to associations