Beauty Therapists

Tax Deductions for Beauty Therapists and Employees

If you are employed as beauty therapist, some of the deductible expenses you may be able to claim on your tax return are:

Meals & Travel

The cost of the following:

  • Meals when you work overtime
  • Parking, tolls, taxis & public transport when travelling to attend seminars, meetings and training courses
  • Using your own car for work, including collecting mail, banking, attending meetings and training courses, picking up business supplies. It is best to keep diary records of the number of kilometers traveled during the year for these purposes.

Work Clothing

The cost of the following:

  • Compulsory uniforms, including shirts, pants, shirts, jackets, jumper (the uniform must have the salon logo on it to ensure it is tax deductible)
  • The cost of laundry or dry cleaning of your uniforms
  • Any protective equipment required for working at your business premises, including gloves, protective shoes and aprons.


The cost of the following:

  • Work-related training courses e.g. first aid, OH&S, specialty make-up procedures, massage, nails, management and staff supervision, which are not run by a university or TAFE – you can also claim the travel expenses to attend these courses.
  • Self education courses run by universities (not including HELP or HECS) or TAFE, for example Cert IV in Beauty Therapy or a Diploma in Salon Management. If studying, costs of books, stationery, travel and equipment required for the course.

Work Tools & Equipment

The costs of:

  • Buying equipment used at work, including make-up accessories, electronic organisers, laptops and mobile phones.
  • Repairs to equipment used at work
  • Stationery items, diaries, briefcases

Memberships, Subscriptions, Books, Telephones, Internet

The costs of:

  • accrued membership fees or union dues
  • work related magazines and journals
  • work related books
  • work related home and mobile phone calls and rental (diary records should be kept to substantiate the numbers of phone calls you make for one month and then the accrued cost can be calculated)
  • internet connection fees (only the proportion of the fee that relates to work use can be claimed)
  • home office (diary records should be used to substantiate the hours per month spent working from home)
  • attending beauty or hair styling competitions as competitor or spectator

General Expenses

The cost of deductions that all employees can claim on their tax returns include:

  • bank fees charged on investment accounts
  • donations to registered charities (so long as nothing is received in return for the donation eg raffle tickets or novelty items)
  • tax agent fees, including the cost of travelling to see your agent to have your return prepared.
  • Income protection or sickness and accident premiums

Individual Taxation Returns suggest you keep receipts for all purchases that are work related, even if they are not listed above. When we prepare your return we can determine whether the expense is tax deductible or not.

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