Completing tax returns is always one of “those” jobs. Yes, you know what we mean. But, finding out what you can claim for may make the job more bearable, and make-up, Netflix, handbags, guard dogs, and garden gnomes are on the list. No, this is not a joke.

Netflix and Stan

If your subscriptions are relevant to your profession or trade you can claim a tax deduction. Think magazines, newspapers, journals, and TV subscriptions.


The ATO are obviously big supporters of slip, slap, slop (thankfully!). If you work outside then you can claim a tax deduction for sunscreen.


If you work outside in your role and your make-up has sun protection, you can claim it. The sun protection is the key component in this information.


Now, unfortunately you can’t all start trying to claim for Fluffy, the family Cavoodle. But, if you have a job where you legitimately need a dog i.e. security and farming, you can claim food and vet bills. As the dog is viewed as a capital asset, you can write it off for the life of your four-legged friend.


Do people joke that you take everything but the kitchen sink? Well, they’ll be able to eat their words now. If you have to travel a lot for work and are sick of staying in hotel rooms, you’ll literally be able to take the kitchen sink with you. You would have to allocate the cost between business and personal use but it is a valid tax deduction.

Garden Gnomes

Now, we’re not suggesting that you set up a Gnome theatre on your front lawn but, if you’re a property investor and your tenants need a little Gnome in their lives, then you can claim a tax deduction. In fact, this is just one deduction that landlords can claim; fish tanks, heated towel rails, and clocks are on the list too.


Well, if you live in a house, you’re surrounded by bricks. If you own an investment property you can claim a 2.5 per cent annual tax deduction on the cost of the building. That’s a pretty sizeable chunk of a tax deduction – on a $600,000 that’s a $15,000 deduction each year.

Protecting your income

If you pay any sort of income protection insurance, you can claim the premiums. The only time other insurances can be claimed is if the insured asset is used to produce an income i.e. for a rental property you could claim home insurance or a work vehicle you could claim car insurance.


If you fancy yourself as a bit of an art connoisseur and you like to collect canvasses to create an ambience in your office, you may be able to claim some back. This only stands if you’re using it to decorate a reception area, boardroom, or staff social rooms etc. It wouldn’t stand if you just decided to brighten up your hallway.


Now before you get all excited and rush out to buy the latest Hermes Kelly Bag, there are a few things to consider. The bag need to be suitable for work purposes and used for work purposes. It definitely needs to be able to carry an iPad, laptop, or anything else used for work. If that doesn’t give you a valuable excuse for a new handbag, we don’t know what will!


Unfortunately, this doesn’t cover hiring someone to come in and take over your washing chores (very disappointing we know). It does cover any costs for cleaning a work uniform, including dry cleaning.



  • An accountant does our taxes every year, so I hope he’s aware of all these tips on claims


  • My daughter and I went to the tax agent and she got laundry allowance, it can be hundreds to save on tax.


  • Mmmm that handbag one might come in handy :-)


  • Nicely broken down and some pretty odd tips here too, allows us to maximize our claim back!


  • Some really interesting ideas and that I would of never thought about. Garden gnomes who knew? Great article to read, especially with tax time around the corner.


  • It’s always handy to know how to make the most of your tax return, to stop the govt taking more then they should


  • Yes it is a dreaded chore, I know it results in gaining money though I rather clean 1000 toilets than submit a tax return.


  • Great to know for the up coming tax return for my hubby


  • Interesting but still not much I can claim

    • I am a full-time stay at home mum don’t get paid to do that so don’t have a tax return


  • An interesting article, sadly I can’t claim any but thanks anyway.


  • Had no idea you could claim a work handbag! The gnomes were rather amusing though. I love the caravan one too. Very interesting.


  • Great tips. There are a couple of things on there I wasn’t aware I could claim but will be adding to my next tax return!!


  • Great article! So many things I hadn’t thought about ….


  • Great article – pity it wasn’t around when I could have used it.


  • Handy article. Yes, you can claim just about anything providing it is a legitimate use for work. Just need to think outside the box and then run it past your accountant before actual submission. Thumbs up.


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