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Newbie

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Can i claim accomadation expenses (rent) as a deduction under my education expenses?

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Taxicorn

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@wiz 

 

12 weeks does look very excessive and will certainly raise a few questions with the ATO.

 

I have never seen such a high number of days/weeks spent on self-education, even with overseas trips.

 

If there are any private days then yes split the accommodation, but not if they are merely incidental.

 

I think that you should discuss this with a Tax Professional and get a private ruling if required from the ATO, which is free.

 

Why would you have to spend so much time away?

 

 

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Taxicorn

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@wiz 

 

It all depends on if the study was directly related to your current employment and why the accommodation was required.

 

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Newbie

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Maintain and improve knowledge and skills, along with possibility of increased income from current work activities. The accomodation is for stay away from home overnight at school housing.

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Taxicorn

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@wiz 

 

Are these expenses a once-off or are they part of a certificate/diploma you are studying for?

 

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Newbie

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Part of certificate/diploma

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Taxicorn

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@wiz 

 

As long as you have all the receipts then yes they should be claimable.

 

https://www.ato.gov.au/uploadedFiles/Content/IND/Downloads/self-education-expenses.pdf

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Newbie

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Does number of days or weeks spent at this accomodation make a difference? ie a 12 week period, if so would apportionating the days into private and business be possible? 

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Taxicorn

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@wiz 

 

12 weeks does look very excessive and will certainly raise a few questions with the ATO.

 

I have never seen such a high number of days/weeks spent on self-education, even with overseas trips.

 

If there are any private days then yes split the accommodation, but not if they are merely incidental.

 

I think that you should discuss this with a Tax Professional and get a private ruling if required from the ATO, which is free.

 

Why would you have to spend so much time away?

 

 

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Newbie

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Makes focusing on studies easier, less stress more productive
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Taxicorn

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@wiz 

 

Then no, none of the accommodation expenses are claimable.

 

It is not a requirement but a choice by the taxpayer.