Income & Tax Deductions for Journalists

For a summary of deductions specific to Employee journalists see our post ==> Tax Deduction Finder for My Job.

Employee journalists commonly get the following allowances:
  • motor vehicle (based on a cents-per-kilometre basis), 
  • travel, 
  • overtime meals, 
  • telephone or 
  • mobile phone.
If any allowance is shown as a separate amount on your payment summary, include it as income at item 2 on your tax return. You must include the whole amount of any award transport payment you received.

Receipt of an allowance does not automatically mean that a corresponding tax deduction can be claimed, even if your work might be considered unpleasant, special or dangerous.

Remember, you cannot automatically claim a deduction just because you received an allowance. 

For help with your eTax return (and get a better refund) see our post - eTax Return Checklist.

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