Claiming Overtime Meals in Tax 2017

If you get paid an overtime meal allowance under an industrial instrument (such as an award) and buy food and drink on overtime, you can claim up to the reasonable allowance expense amount we have set without getting written evidence.

However, you can still only claim the amount you have actually spent.

If you need to claim more than the reasonable allowance expense amount, you need to keep written evidence of your expenses.

Generally, you must include amounts received as overtime meal allowances as income on your tax return. However, if your award overtime meal allowance was not shown on your payment summary and was not more than the reasonable allowance amount for each meal, you don’t have to include the amount on your tax return providing that you:

  • have fully spent the allowance, and
  • don’t claim a deduction for overtime meal expenses.

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