police tax deductions

Average weekly pay:              $1,600
Employment size:                   67,400
Future growth:                        Strong
Skill level:                                  Associates degree or diploma

Typical tax deductions: 

  • Motor vehicle travel between different worksites – e.g. police stations.  
  • Fitness expenses if the job requires a fitness level well above the police general standard – e.g. for a physical training instructor, members of special emergency squads, and diving squads. 
  • Phone and internet – work %.  
  • Police uniform, bulletproof jacket, protective clothing and physical training clothing – if unique and distinctive to the Police Department.   
  • Conventional clothing worn by undercover police officers. 
  • Payments made to informants including cash, food, cigarettes, etc. – provided that the payments are authorised by the police service and not reimbursed.
  • Computers, tools and equipment – includes guns, ammunition, bulletproof jackets and vests, body armour, gauntlets, holsters, handgrips, handcuffs, holders, pouches, utility belts, gun cleaning materials, equestrian related equipment, and diving equipment.  
  • Cost of maintaining and training police dogs. 
  • Union fees, licences, registrations and subscriptions – includes Police union fees and Federal Police pistol club membership fees.
  • Home office running expenses.  
  • Sun protection costs including sunglasses, sunscreens and cosmetics.
  • Self education expenses.

Non-deductible expenses: 

  • Costs of maintaining guard dogs or installing security systems for the protection of police officers and their families. 
  • Gym fees to maintain personal fitness. 
  • Haircuts, grooming, weight loss programs or supplies – even though the police force has specific regulations

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