Tax Deductions for Travel Agents

Tax Deductions for Travel Agents

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Average weekly pay:          $1,080 
Employment size:               22,500  
Future growth:                     Moderate      
Skill level                               Certificate II or III  

Travel agents assist clients in making travel arrangements for both business and holiday purposes. 

Their tasks include:

  • Determining clients’ travel and accommodation requirements, suggesting itineraries, and  making reservations.
  • Providing information on tourist attractions, visa requirements, travel insurance, customs procedures, and tour availability.
  • Collecting payments and issuing clients’ itineraries, relevant documentation, tickets for travel and vouchers for accommodation.

Typical tax deductions include:

  • Travel expenses associated with attending conferences, seminars, training courses, and industry promotions are usually for work and deductible. Expenses include airfares, accommodation, meals, and incidentals. 
  • Education, familiarisation and other similar travel if undertaken specifically for work purposes (and not a holiday). Must meet the guidelines in the 2008 Sanchez case.
  • Entry fees to tourist’s attractions where the sole purpose of the visit was for work related purposes.
  • 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 III in Tourism (Retail Travel Sales).
  • Magazines and books related to travel, holidays, sales, customer service, and management.  

Non-deductible expenses:

  • Educational and familiarisation travel which is a holiday.
  • Travel for industry functions which includes entertainment i.e. three course meal, band, and alcolholic drinks.  
  • Passport application and renewal fees (as it relates to the personal right to travel to an overseas destination).
  • Travel insurance.

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