Squeeze the most out of your tax return this financial year by revamping your home office with tax-deductible items for a shiny new fit out. Find out which 5 items you can now claim in full.
If you conduct some of your work from a home office, you may be entitled to a deduction for the expenses you incur for business-related purposes.
What home office expenses can I claim as an individual?
With supporting documentation, you may be eligible to claim costs for assets costing $300 or less, or you may be able to claim a deduction for their decline in value for items costing $300 or more.
These are the costs associated with office equipment such as computers and telephone use or rental, costs related to heating, cooling or lighting, as well as the cost of repairs to your office furniture and fittings.
Here’s our top 5 picks for tax-deductible home office items for 2015.
Spruce up your home office with this lush office chair with a 360 degree swivel. Kick back for optimum comfort, compliments from Zanui.
The perfect workstation for your home office. Deck out your office with this sleek desk featuring two filing drawers, a printer drawer and stationary tray for plenty of storage.
Control ventilation and air temperature all year round with this tax-deductible portable air conditioner from Kogan, just $289.00. With an auto swing function as well as a 24 hour time and sleep mode, this portable air conditioner is a great addition for your home office.
Ozlighting Ceiling Fan ($251.64)
Looking for a contemporary ceiling light for your home office? Check out Ozlighting’s range of lights and fixtures, ideal for any home office.
Stay connected with this Microsoft phone handset for just $234.45. A low cost way to manage your business communications with clients and stakeholders.
Just make sure you keep itemised bills for all your work-related calls.
What records do I need to keep to make home office expense claims?
To be eligible to make certain home office expense claims, you’ll need to provide evidence to the Australian Tax Office (ATO) when you lodge your tax return this year.
- Receipts of your expenses, such as receipts for depreciating assets
- Itemised phone accounts from which you can identify work-related calls
- A diary that outlines how much you’ve used your equipment, home office and phone for business over a representative timeframe
What home office expenses can I claim as a small business?
If you are a small business that operates out of a home office, your ability to claim things in full exists under different terms. Under the new budget, you can claim in full items up to the cost of $20,000. For more on small business claims, check out our guide.
If you require more information for claiming the cost of an item or the decline in value for your home office items (as an individual or a small business), you can check out the information on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.
Be savvy when you lodge your tax return this income year and know your rights when it comes to claiming home office expenses as it could make a substantial difference to your return.