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People starts getting used to working from home due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the world. Most of Australians have to stay at home and work from home. Here comes the question, what I can claim from my home office expenses for tax deduction?
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Exceptions

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When working from home due to COVID-19, you can claim the same expenses as home office expenses below, with a few exceptions:

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Shortcut Method

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You can use the shortcut method of calculating running expenses – for all additional running expenses from working from home due to COVID-19, you can claim a deduction of 80 cents per hour as long as you are:

Note:

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Home office expenses you can and can’t claim

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Expenses Home is principal workplace with dedicated work area Home not principal workplace but has dedicated work area You work at home but no dedicated work area
Running Expenses Yes Yes No (Note 1)
Work-related phone and internet expenses Yes Yes Yes
Decline in value of a computer (work related portion) Yes Yes Yes
Decline in value of office equipment Yes Yes Yes
Occupancy expenses Yes No No

Note 1: Generally, an employee who works at home and who does not have a dedicated work area will not be entitled to claim running expenses or their claim for running expenses will be minimal. This is because they can only claim the additional running expenses incurred as a result of working from home.
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Running Expenses

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If you work from home, you can claim the work-related proportion of your running expenses. These include:

Only the additional running expenses you incur as a result of working from home are deductible.
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You can only claim the work-related proportion of your occupancy expenses in limited circumstances:

If you claim occupancy expenses, you don’t qualify for the capital gains tax (CGT) main residence exemption for the part of your home that you use for work. If you use your home as a place of business there may be CGT implications when you sell it.
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Phone and internet expenses

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You can claim up to $50 with limited documents

If your work use is incidental and you are not claiming a deduction of more than $50 in total, you may make a claim based on the following, without having to analyse your bills. The rates you can use to work out the cost for your work calls are:

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Records you must keep

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If you use the four-week representative period to calculate your usage over the income year and your usual pattern of work changes, you will need to keep separate records to show your usage.

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To be continued…

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In the next series, we will talk about how to calculate these expenses in details so that you can practice on your own calculation for your home office expenses. We will provide some case studies for you to better understand the concepts.

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