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I am a quantity surveyor working in NSW. I have started a distance-learning part-time masters degree in Building Services Engineering from a UK university. This is quite a large investment on my part, and I would like to be certain that ATO would interpret this as tax deductible before I make a claim. My reasoning for thinking I can potentially claim course fees is that, as I work in construction, further knowledge of building services will enhance my earning ability whilst staying within the quantity surveying profession.
Is this the sort of thing that private tax rulings are available for? What sort of evidence would I need to provide to persuade ATO of my reasoning?
Generally, if you're eligible to claim a tax deduction for work related expenses, you can claim the expense in your tax return for the financial year in which the expense was incurred.
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