Monthly tax tip:
Many workplaces are supplying protective items for COVID-19 such as face masks and sanitiser which is of course deductible to the business, but what about individuals that must supply their own protective items? We hope you have all been keeping receipts for these purchases as they may be deductible. Taxpayers will be entitled to a tax deduction for the cost of these items if their employer has not supplied them, they must use them because they are in close contact with others and they aren’t able to work from home. E.g. A retail employee working in a café who is not supplied a face mask by their employer but is supplied with hand sanitiser can claim the costs of a face mask but cannot claim a deduction for their own hand sanitiser purchases. An IT worker who is working from home during the pandemic cannot claim the cost of a face mask as it would be used during personal time only. We always recommend keeping receipts if unsure on deductibility and then having a conversation with us about it at tax time.
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