Tax Deductions for Cafe & Restaurant Workers

Tax Deductions for Cafe & Restaurant Workers


Average weekly pay:            $800
Employment size:                 98,100  
Future growth:                       Very strong   
Skill level                                 High school or Certificate I 

Cafe and restaurant workers prepare, sell and serve food and beverages for consumption on the premises.  

The tasks include:

  • Preparing and serving food and beverages, taking customer orders, operating cash registers, accepting payments and preparing sales invoices.
  • Cleaning, preparing tables for use, washing dishes, and cleaning cafe equipment. 

Typical tax deductions:

  • Journals, magazines and books that have content connected to work in the hospitality industry. I.e. Good Food Guide, Top 100 Wines. 
  • Depreciation on computers and professional libraries.
  • Overtime meal expenses. These are only available if for the overtime worked an overtime meal allowance was paid by the employer under an award or industrial agreement.
  • Uniforms that have the company logo and form part of the compulsory uniform.
  • Protective footwear, gloves, and clothing.
  • First aid courses.
  • Cost of travel between two workplaces, or two jobs.
  • Training courses e.g. barista course.
  • Cost of making up till or bar shortages.
  • Mobile phone and internet costs (work related portion only).
  • Self-education expenses related to current income earning activities.

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Grooming including hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products.
  • Cost of meals eaten during the workday.
  • Conventional clothing such as plain white shirt and black trousers.

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