Self education expenses
– A taxpayer?
At a glance:
– The Tax Office has compiled a list of self-education expenses that taxpayers may be able to claim.
– Ensure that you are eligible to claim self-education expenses.
– Contact us if you require any clarification or advice.
Self-education expenses, are study expenses incurred in relation to a taxpayer’s employment aimed to improve or likely increase their income.
Self-education expenses that are allowable tax deductions, include:
- Tuition fees, including fees payable under FEE-HELP (this does not include expenses paid under HECS-HELP);
- Tuition fees, including fees payable under VET FEE-HELP;
- Textbooks, professional and trade journals;
- Computer expenses;
- Student union fees;
- Student services and amenities fees;
- Accommodation and meals, where the course requirements require you to be away from home for one or more nights;
- Running expenses if you have a room set aside for self-education purposes – such as the costing of heating, cooling and lighting the room while you are studying; and
- Allowable travel expenses.
– Self-education expenses not connected to your current employment may not be deductible.