Tax Deductions for Waiters

Tax Deductions for Waiters


Average weekly pay:          $804 
Employment size:              120,000  
Future growth:                    Strong     

Skill level                               Certificate II or III  

Waiters serve food and drinks in cafes, restaurants, and hotels. 

Their tasks include:

  • Greeting customers and presenting them with menus and drinks lists.
  • Taking orders and relaying them to kitchen and bar staff.
  • Serving food and drinks and clearing tables.
  • Recommending wines, opening bottles and pouring drinks.
  • Collecting payment from customers.

Typical tax deductions:

  • Journals, magazines and books that have content connected to your work in the hospitality industry. I.e. Good Food Guide, Top 100 Wines. 
  • Depreciation on computers and professional libraries.
  • Renewal fees for your special employee or gaming licence.  
  • Overtime meal expenses.
  • Uniforms that have the company logo and forms part of the compulsory uniform.
  • Protective footwear, gloves, and clothing.
  • First aid courses.
  • Cost of travel between two workplaces, or two jobs.
  • Training courses.
  • 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.
  • The initial cost of getting your gaming licence.  
  • Cost of meals eaten during the workday.
  • Conventional clothing such as plain white shirt and black trousers.

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