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Can I claim electricity as a tax deduction if I work from home

October 26th, 2014

I often take work home to finish after hours.  It is not a requirement of my job that I do this.  However my boss has said it’s ok if I want to finish work off at home I can.  I don’t have a home office.  Normally I just work at the Kitchen table.  Can I claim a portion of my electricity as a tax deduction and how do I do this?

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You may be able to claim the ATO set rate of 34c per hour for the electricity you use at home while you work.  To be able to use this set rate you do not need to have a separate home office set aside exclusively for work.  You can use any room of the home as long as no other family member is using the room at the same time.  Therefore, provided no one else is in the kitchen while you’re working you can claim 34c per hour for each hour you work at home.

For substantiation purposes the Tax Office will require you to keep a four week diary to establish a pattern of working from home.  This diary can be used as a basis for your claim for the remainder of the year.  If you reduce your hours working from home you should adjust your diary percentage accordingly.  You will need to keep a new diary every year.  For further information on claiming 34c per our see TR 93/30

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