YOU CAN CLAIM A DEDUCTION WITH ATO FOR WORKING FROM HOME DURING COVID-19
As the COVID-19 situation develops, you may now be working from home and may incur expenses you can claim at tax time.
ATO will accept a temporary simplified method (or shortcut method) of calculating additional running expenses from 1 March 2020 until at least 30 June 2020.
Expenses you can claim
If you work from home, you will be able to claim a deduction for the additional running expenses you incur. These include:
- electricity expenses associated with heating, cooling and lighting the area from which you are working and running items you are using for work
- cleaning costs for a dedicated work area
- phone and internet expenses
- computer consumables (for example, printer paper and ink) and stationery
- home office equipment, including computers, printers, phones, furniture and furnishings – you can claim either the
- full cost of items up to $300
- decline in value for items over $300.
Expenses you can’t claim
If you are working from home only due to COVID-19, you can’t claim:
- occupancy expenses such as mortgage interest, rent and rates
- the cost of coffee, tea, milk and other general household items your employer may otherwise have provided you with at work.
You can download a summary brochure with this information here: Working-from-home
For more information on claiming and calculating expenses please go to: www.ato.gov.au/General/COVID-19/Support-for-individuals-and-employees/Employees-working-from-home
For more information on working from home please go to: www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Income-and-deductions/Deductions-you-can-claim/Home-office-expenses/