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Studying at Overseas Uni While Working

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Hi can anyone tell me.. if I study in New Zealand (distance studying at New Zealand uni) and live and work in Australia (working in a job that the study is relevant to) - can I claim studying expenses such as tuition fees?  Thanks

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Hi @Sarita21,

Thanks for your post! Generally speaking, self-education expenses are the costs you incur to undertake a course of study at a school, college, university or other recognised place of education. There is no geographical restriction on the place of education.

 

Tax deductions for your education expenses may be available if you work and study at the same time and can satisfy any of these conditions:

  • you are upgrading your qualifications for your current employment – for example, upgrading from a Bachelor qualification to a Masters qualification
  • you are improving specific skills or knowledge used in your current employment – for example, a course that will allow you to operate more machinery at work
  • you are employed as a trainee and you are undertaking a course that forms part of that traineeship – for example, an overseas trained person employed as an intern while doing a bridging course
  • you can show that at the time you were working and studying, your course led, or was likely to lead, to an increase in employment income – for example, a teacher who will automatically get a pay increase as a result of completing the course.

You cannot claim a deduction for self-education expenses for a course that does not have a sufficient connection to your current work activities even though it:

  • might be generally related to it, or
  • enables you to get new employment.

Hope that helps!

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Hi @Sarita21,

Thanks for your post! Generally speaking, self-education expenses are the costs you incur to undertake a course of study at a school, college, university or other recognised place of education. There is no geographical restriction on the place of education.

 

Tax deductions for your education expenses may be available if you work and study at the same time and can satisfy any of these conditions:

  • you are upgrading your qualifications for your current employment – for example, upgrading from a Bachelor qualification to a Masters qualification
  • you are improving specific skills or knowledge used in your current employment – for example, a course that will allow you to operate more machinery at work
  • you are employed as a trainee and you are undertaking a course that forms part of that traineeship – for example, an overseas trained person employed as an intern while doing a bridging course
  • you can show that at the time you were working and studying, your course led, or was likely to lead, to an increase in employment income – for example, a teacher who will automatically get a pay increase as a result of completing the course.

You cannot claim a deduction for self-education expenses for a course that does not have a sufficient connection to your current work activities even though it:

  • might be generally related to it, or
  • enables you to get new employment.

Hope that helps!