If you work from home only due to COVID-19, Expenses you can claim

If you work from home during COVID-19 situation, you will be able to claim a deduction in your return for the additional running expenses you incur for company.

These lists of expenses include:

  • electricity expenses related with heating, cooling and lighting the area from which you are working for company and running items for company’s work purposes
  • cleaning costs for working area
  • phone and internet expenses which can be used for task and checking email and calls during working period
  • Appliances like computer, printer paper, ink and stationery
  • The expenses which occurred is directly related to earning income and company purposes
  • employer must have record for each of expenses that can be provided if asked
  • home office equipment, including computers, printers, phones, furniture and furnishings – you can claim either the
  • full cost of items up to $300
  • Decline in value for items over $300.

Expenses you can’t claim

If you are working from home for company due to COVID-19 situation and still you can’t claim:


  • possession expenses such as mortgage interest, rent and rates
  • the cost of coffee, tea, milk and other general household items you can’t claim as deduction in your ITR.

For more information on online tax return 2020, Tax Return 2020, myGov 2020, myTax 2020 or any other tax related matter, please call our professional accountant on 1300 768 284 or you can email us at enquiry@taxrefundonspot.com.au

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