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Have you ever wondered whether you can claim tax deductions for your travel expenses for a recent conference or seminar you attended?
What about the cost of meals you consumed, flights you took and places you stayed at as a result of attending this conference?
In this article we discuss the types of tax deductions you can declare when you fill out your tax return.
Cost of Meals, Flights and Accommodation
If you are travelling, you may be able to deduct the costs of meals, flights and accommodation if the following conditions apply:
Meal expenses are generally deductible if you have incurred the expense as a result of attending conferences or seminars which are considered to be outside of your immediate living area or where there is a requirement to sleep away from home.
Typical travel expenses include airfares, accommodation, transportation and some incidental costs.
Each year there is an ATO tax ruling which sets out the maximum daily amount an employee in receipt of a bona fide travel allowance can claim without substantiation.
Should you wish to claim more than the maximum daily amount as defined in the ATO tax ruling, you will need to ensure you have kept tax invoices to substantiate the entire claim.
What if I mix a business conference and a private holiday?
Have you ever attended a business conference for a few days, then decided to stay a bit longer and have a holiday? Did your partner or spouse accompany you on this trip? Further rules may apply to limit or increase the amount of tax deduction you may be able to claim.
Trips partly for business and partly for private purposes
Depending on what the main purpose of your trip was, the transport expenditure may be entirely deductible.
If the main purpose was to gain or produce assessable income (e.g. to attend a work-related conference), then generally the entirety of your own transport expenses incurred in connection with travelling to the venue will be deductible.
For example, if you were attending a three day work-related conference in London, but decided to spend two days afterwards sightseeing, the airfares would usually be entirely deductible where the main purpose of the trip was to attend the conference. However, some of the accommodation and meal costs may be non-deductible to the extent they were in relation to private purposes.
Travel expenses incurred in relation to your partner or spouse are generally not deductible, however special rules may apply depending on your individual circumstances.
If you have been accompanied by your partner or spouse, the Commissioner has accepted the following methods as ways to identify non-deductible costs:
For example, a full deduction for hotel room accommodation would usually be allowable where your partner stays with you, on the basis that the same cost would have been incurred for the accommodation irrespective of whether your partner joined you or not.
In comparison, your partner’s airfares may not be deductible because they would likely not have been incurred in connection with his/her own derivation of income and they would not have otherwise been incurred if you had have gone alone.
Substantiation of Overseas and Domestic Travel
Special substantiation rules apply to both overseas and domestic travel. These types of expenses may not be deductible unless the following conditions have been met:
Need further assistance in relation to what you can claim? Feel free to contact William Buck.