Claiming Teaching Aids

(last updated 23/04/2014) 

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Claiming a Deduction for Teacher Aids

A tax deduction is allowable for expenses incurred on items or teaching aids used in the everyday duties of an employee teacher.

Where such expenses are used for both work-related and private purposes, then the cost must be apportioned and a deduction claimed only for that proportion which is work-related.

Examples of this type of expenditure would include

  • pens, pencils, textas/markers/highlighters, colouring pencils/pens, stamps/stamp pads, stickers, paints, stationery, posters, maps, laminating, etc.;
  • storybooks, jigsaws, games, toys used by early childhood, primary school or special education employee teachers;
  • items used in cooking or sewing classes or science experiments;
  • prizes purchased to reward achievement and encourage students;
  • entrance fees for school excursions;
  • whistles and stopwatches used by physical education employee teachers; conventional watches with a stopwatch function are not deductible (see paragraphs 226 to 230);
  • calculators/calculator batteries if the calculator is used in teaching relevant subjects such as mathematics, physics, accounting or business practices; and
  • costs of maintaining classroom or school pets.

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