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As EOFY approaches, the Australian Taxation Office has urged taxpayers to review what deductions they are allowed to claim as occupation-specific, work-related expenses.
The ATO’s set of instructions for sex industry workers is particularly eye-catching.
A tax office spokesperson said it processed 3030 tax returns in 2010-11 from “other personal service workers” – this includes sex workers, escorts, tattooists, religious assistants and civil celebrants.
Quite the fun dinner party.
Here are some very industry-specific expenses that those in the sex industry can claim as tax deductions:
1. Costumes and lingerie
Sex industry workers may claim the cost of clothing used “solely for earning income”. That excludes blouses, trousers, shirts and shoes for everyday use.
2. A home office, or hourly room rental
Sex industry workers may claim ‘place of business’ expenses, including a portion of utility rates and mortgage interest if they work from home, and office rental – including room-only or hourly rates – if they use other venues.
3. Make-up for the stage
The ATO says sex industry workers may claim stage make-up and stage make-up removal products, but not general hairdressing and beauty treatments.
4. Dance lessons but not fitness
Sex industry workers may claim the cost of classes to maintain or learn dance skills, but not the cost of “maintaining your general fitness and body shape”.
5. Consumables, tools and equipment
Tax-deductible consumables include “condoms, lubricants, gels, oils and tissues,” the ATO says. Sex industry workers can also write down or claim the cost of replacing or repairing “fetish equipment [and] adult novelties such as vibrators”.
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