Tax Deductions for Pilots

Tax Deductions for Pilots

commercial jet taking off

Average weekly pay:          $6,000 
Employment size:               13,200  
Future growth:                     Decline    
Skill level                                Bachelor degree or higher  

Pilots fly aeroplanes to transport passengers, mail and freight or provide agricultural, or aerial surveillance. Apart from their qualifications pilots require a minimum amount of flying experience. Registration and licencing are mandatory. Tasks include:

  • Preparing and submitting flight plans giving consideration to factors such as weather conditions and aircraft performance.
  • Flying aircraft in accordance with established air traffic control and aircraft operating procedures.
  • Providing flight information for flight crews and air traffic services staff.
  • Completing cockpit preparations and external inspections to determine that an aircraft is acceptable for flight.

Typical tax deductions:

  • Cost of anti-glare glasses used to combat the harsh working conditions inside a cockpit.
  • Premiums paid for salary guarantee and loss of licence insurance.
  • Medical examination costs associated with the renewal of your work-related business licences
  • Cost of work-related telephone calls.
  • Telephone rental if you can show that you are on call or are regularly required to telephone your employer while you are away from your workplace. 
  • Courses and seminars (Including travel and motor vehicle costs).
  • Depreciation on luggage to the extent of the work-related use of the luggage. This includes travel bags, overnight bags, suit packs, suitcases and luggage trolleys.
  • Rehydrating moisturiser and rehydrating hair conditioner when used to combat the drying effects of the aircraft cabin pressure.
  • Union and professional association fees.
  • Overnight travel expenses including meals, drinks and incidentals. These will be deductible if incurred, receipted, and not reimbursed. 

Non- deductible expenses:

  • The cost of buying timepieces or watches. 
  • The cost of transporting your luggage to the airport.
  • Prescription glasses and contact lenses.

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