Tax Deductions for Hairdressers

Tax Deductions for Hairdressers


Average weekly pay:          $800 
Employment size:               54,400  
Future growth:                    Moderate      
Skill level                               Certificate III or IV  

Hairdressers cut or style hair in order to enhance or maintain a person’s appearance. 

Their tasks include:

  • Providing advice on hair care, beauty products and hairstyles.
  • Shampooing hair, conditioning scalps, colouring, straightening hair, waving hair, cutting hair, styling, shaving, and trimming beards/moustaches.
  • Arranging appointments and collecting payments.

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Mobile phones, calculators,  electronic organisers, computers, computer software, professional library, hair-cutting and hair-styling tools. Items costing more than $300 each need to be depreciated over their effective life.
  • Travel expenses associated with attending conferences, seminars, training courses, and industry promotions. Expenses include airfares, accommodation, meals, and incidentals. 
  • Phone, internet and home office expenses (less private portion).
  • Compulsory corporate uniforms that include the company logo and are distinctive. Must not be conventional clothing.
  • Self-education courses. For example, Cert IV in Hairdressing or Diploma in Hairdressing Salon Management.
  • Membership and professional association renewal fees.
  • Overtime meals (if paid a meal allowance under an industrial award).
  • Magazines and books related to hairdressing, hairstyles, sales, customer service, and management.  

None deductible expenses:

  • Grooming including hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products.
  • Membership joining fees.

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