If your employer requires you to work in the sun for periods of time then you are eligible to claim tax deduction for sun protection, sunglasses and headgear items.
In this article we will cover following sun protection, sunglasses tax deduction questions:
- Who is eligible to claim sun protection tax deductions?
- What can be claimed (sunglasses, sunscreen, head gear)?
- How much can I claim? Is it one off tax deduction or depreciation?
1. Who is eligible to claim sun protection tax deductions?
You can claim tax deductions for your sun protection costs if you are regularly required to work outside or contend with the damaging rays of the sun.
Employees who could claim sun protection tax deductions include:
- Pilots and airline staff
- Couriers and delivery people
- Foresters and gamekeepers
- Landscapers and gardeners
- Sports professionals
- Coaches and trainers
- Outdoor recreation staff
Example: if you are working outside all day at a building site, you are entitled to claim sun protection deduction.
2. What can be claimed (sunglasses, sunscreen, head gear)?
Worker who is exposed to the sun are eligible to claim tax deduction for sunglasses, sunscreen and head gear. Condition includes, exposure to sunlight must be for regular periods of time. If you only use sunglasses for a short period such as walk between two work premises, then you are not eligible to claim it as a tax deduction.
3. How much can I claim? Is it one off tax deduction or depreciation?
The answer to question depends on the price and type of purchase.
Sunscreen and headgear: full cost as one off deduction
Sunglass: If the cost more than $300 and they are expected to last for longer than 12 months then you will need to claim the depreciation of the glasses on your tax return over time, rather than the purchase price.