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Claiming a deduction for laundry/dry cleaning of work clothing

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Laundry expenses

You can claim the costs of washing, drying and ironing eligible work clothes, see Claiming a deduction for work clothing. These costs can include laundromat expenses.

Working out your claim

To work out your claim you can use the work-related uniform expenses calculator.

We consider that a reasonable basis for working out your laundry claim would be $1 per load – this includes washing, drying and ironing – if the load is made up only of the clothes described in Claiming a deduction for work clothing, and 50 cents per load if other laundry items are included. If you choose a different basis to work out your claim, we may ask you to explain that basis.

Written evidence

You must have written evidence, for example, diary entries and receipts, for your laundry expenses if:

  • the amount of your claim is greater than $150, and
  • your total claim for work expenses exceeds $300 – not including car, meal allowance, award transport payments allowance and travel allowance expenses.

If you do not need to provide written evidence for your laundry expenses, you may use a reasonable basis to work out your claim.

Dry-cleaning expenses

You can claim the cost of dry-cleaning eligible work clothes. You must have written evidence to substantiate your claim if your total claim for work expenses exceeds $300 – not including car, meal allowance, award transport payments allowance and travel allowance expenses.

What to read/do next

For more information about claiming a deduction for expenses associated with your work related clothing, refer to:

For help in applying this information to your own situation, phone us on 13 28 61.

Last Modified: Wednesday, 6 June 2007

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