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Newbie

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I am required to carry tools for employment as a FIFO mining worker. Flights are paid for by employer but want to clarify if airport parking fees and/or airport shuttle services are an allowable deduction given I have to carry tools.

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Community Manager

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Hi @kcopp12,

 

Thanks for your patience.

 

Generally No. Deductions would not be allowed for expenses of transporting bulky tools from home to a distant FIFO workplace, such as airport parking fees or shuttle services, where the employer provides secure storage.

 

It makes no difference what the scale of distance from home to the work location is. See the example from the Employees Guide to Work Expenses

the example is titled secure storage available.

 

Thanks

 

KylieS

 

 

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Taxicorn

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How much do the tools weigh?

Are they bulky?

 

Are there secure lockups at work?

 

Parking wouldn't be deductable but possibly transportation of the tools to/from the airport and to/from plane maybe.

 

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Newbie

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Tools  are bulky- tooling list provided by employer. Secure storage provided once at job site.

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Taxicorn

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If it is the same location then the ATO will insist that you do not transport the tools but leave them in secure lockup.

 

If travelling to various worksites, therefore, can not leave behind and have to take them with you then you should be able to claim for transporting the tools.

 

In limited circumstances, you may be able to claim the cost of trips between home and work. One of these is if you carry bulky tools or equipment for work (for example, an extension ladder), as long as:

  • your employer requires you to transport the equipment for work
  • the equipment is essential to earning your income
  • there's no secure area to store the equipment at the work location
  • the equipment is bulky – at least 20 kg – and difficult to transport.

If you claim car expenses, you must either:

  • keep a logbook of your work trips
    • be able to show us your claim is reasonable if you use the cents per kilometre method (for claims up to 5,000 km only).

    Your vehicle is not considered to be a car if it is a vehicle with a carrying capacity of:

    • one tonne or more, such as a ute or panel van
    • nine passengers or more, such as a minivan.

    In these circumstances – for example, if you use a ute – you can claim the proportion of your vehicle expenses that relate to work. Examples include:

    • fuel
    • oil
    • insurance
    • repairs and servicing
    • car loan interest
    • registration
    • depreciation.

    Keep receipts for your actual expenses. You must use a log book to show work-related use. You cannot use the cents per kilometre method for these vehicles.

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Community Manager

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Hi @kcopp12,

 

Thanks to @macfanboy for all that great information. We are just going to check with a specialist to see if there is any further information that we can provide.

 

Thanks

 

KylieS

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I'm new

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how about if there is no secure storage at work? eg in the workplace there are no secure lockers, and we change rooms every swing so don't have a permanent place to store tools?

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Community Support

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Hi @FIFO_questioner,

 

You can view @macfanboy's 2nd response in this thread, he provides detailed information about the transportation of bulky tools and claiming a deduction. 

 

If you still have questions you can post them here.

 

Regards,

Jodie2. 

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Enthusiast

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Hello macfanboy.

 

Where did you get the 20kg+ figure for the tools please?

 

 - Cam

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Community Support

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Hi @Cam_jp

 

It is mentioned in our Tax Time Toolkits which you can check out on our website.

 

A good example is the building and construction Tax Time toolkit.

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Enthusiast

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Thanks Chris.

 

 - Cam

 

 


@ChrisATO wrote:

Hi @Cam_jp

 

It is mentioned in our Tax Time Toolkits which you can check out on our website.