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We know how hard you work every day, and that you deserve to keep as much of the salary you’ve earned as possible. But do you realise you might be giving money away each year unnecessarily to the taxman? If you don’t do a thorough job on your annual tax return and claim all the deductions you are entitled to as a cleaner, you might be missing out on a significant amount of money.
By working with an experienced tax professional, such as one of the amazing consultants here at H&R Block, you’re ensuring the very best result. potentially securing a much bigger tax refund than you would have been able to claim if you did it yourself. We know the deductions you may be entitled to as an employed cleaner, and we’ll make sure you get them all.
To secure the refund you deserve, first you’ll receive an income statement from your employer that will outline all of your salary, wages, allowances and bonuses for the financial year. Next, you have to work out your deductions.
The short answer: yes! You can claim deductions on any money spent during the financial year on products or services that directly related to earning your income. You need to have spent the money yourself (it can’t have been reimbursed by your employer) and you need to keep a record of the expense such as a receipt or invoice.
There is a wide range of deductions you can claim as a cleaner, such as:
There are several key expenses you can’t claim, including:
Sparklingly clean records are really important at tax time, so you need to stay on top of your receipts and have a comprehensive set receipts if you want to get a good tax refund. It’s a smart idea to create an easy and reliable system to help you keep on top of this throughout the year.
Remember, you don’t need to keep physical receipts, and it’s acceptable to keep a digital copy (such as a photo of a receipt or an email receipt) provided it is possible to read:
You also don’t need to keep receipts for expenses under $10 (as long as these don’t cumulatively come to more than $200).
Don’t stress, we know this can happen to anyone. Dealing with it as soon as possible is always the best approach. It’s essential that you take great care in putting together the information and supporting documentation when filing your tax return, and only claim deductions that are genuine to avoid penalties and possibly even prosecution from the ATO.
It’s easy to make an innocent mistakes sometimes, and if you self-lodged and realise you’ve submitted incorrect or unsubstantiated claims then you should contact us immediately and we will assist you in making the necessary amendments.
Still have some questions about lodging your tax return? Talk to H&R Block. Our experienced tax consultants will be able to help. Call 13 23 25 for details or find your nearest office and book an appointment online.
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