I am about to take up my third casual job….how many is too many at one time ? Worried it won’t be worth it and will make a mess of my tax ?


Posted anonymously, 28th September 2019


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  • good for you working 3 casual jobs, if you like them and your not feel rushed, tired, mentally exhausted from attending all 3 then keep doing what your doing.

    Highly recommend just setting up a meeting with an accountant who can give you the best tips and advice with regards to tax etc

    If your not happy with the 3, could you look at getting something full time or part time with the same amount of hours?


  • If you can still lead a balanced work/family lilfe, then it’s fine.


  • If you have to pay for child care or are getting Govt funds at all it may not be worth it. In fact you may be worse off I know a Dad who managed to get a casual job for 3 days. As he had to start work before public transport started running he had to drive his little car. The amount Centrelink deducted because of the amount he earnt he would have been better off financially if he hadn’t worked at all. He was hoping it may lead to him getting a permanent job with the same company later………..You may end up paying as much tax s your 3rd job earns you.


  • i would check with an accountant. I have a full time job and a casual job and at times that gets difficult but they are in different industries. Might be easier if all in the same industry in terms of your deductions.


  • Not sure sorry maybe seek Professional assistance


  • I would be most worried about the amount of tax you’ll be paying. While each job might not be earning much on its own, you’ll be surprised how much tax payments will increase when all three are combined


  • Depends on if the amount you are earning after tax is worth it. Also do you have enough time for yourself and your loved ones? Only you can decide what’s right for you.


  • Depends how much you are getting paid and if you love it. 3 jobs for me wasn’t worth the sleep deprivation and made more a mess of my mental health


  • depending on how much you’re working at each one really.
    You might get taxed heavily week to week but come the end of financial year if you’ve been over taxed you will get a return.

    At the end of the day paying tax is a good thing because it means you are earning.


  • Your accountant should be able to help you.


  • A good accountant should have no problem sorting your tax. The rest is a personal decision.


  • It really will depend on how many hours your doing at each and the pay rate.
    Best bet would be to have a quick chat to an accountant.
    There’s no such thing as “too many” jobs (but just remember not to burn yourself out)
    & if your earning the money, then yes you’ll pay tax on it but you’ll still have more in your hand than if you didn’t!


  • I have two. one full time and a weekend casual job. I don’t claim the tax free threshold and I get alot of tax back at the end of the year when i submit my tax. Just make sure your overall income is under in the right threshold and you should be fine :)


  • The ATO website may have some guidelines. It shouldn’t mess up your tax if you keep a record of everything for tax benefits etc.


  • It shouldn’t make a mess in your tax but you just have to remember what deductions you can claim like laundry expenses etc


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