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Deductions for inmate on work release

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Hi there, preparing a return for a client employed on work release from prison. Can someone clarify if the cost of the ankle bracelet required to be worn and paid for out of the taxpayers wages is tax deductible?
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Hi @Agk74,


Welcome to our Community!


Have a look at our page on Non-deductible expenses, it notes that expenses specified under income tax law as non-deductible include:

  • fines and penalties imposed under an Australian or foreign law, or ordered by the courts.

Assuming that the ankle bracelet required to be worn would be classified under ‘fines and penalties’ ordered by the courts, it isn’t tax deductible.


Also check the information we provide on Deductions you can claim on our website.


I hope this is helpful.


Thanks,
@BrookeT

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Hi @Agk74,


Welcome to our Community!


Have a look at our page on Non-deductible expenses, it notes that expenses specified under income tax law as non-deductible include:

  • fines and penalties imposed under an Australian or foreign law, or ordered by the courts.

Assuming that the ankle bracelet required to be worn would be classified under ‘fines and penalties’ ordered by the courts, it isn’t tax deductible.


Also check the information we provide on Deductions you can claim on our website.


I hope this is helpful.


Thanks,
@BrookeT