24 Sep Tax Tips for Teachers
- Those Things You ‘Just Buy’
- Working From Home
- Union Fees, Memberships, Blue Card, Teacher Registration
Tax Tips for Teachers
Teaching is an easy job; just wake up every day and create an entertaining, engaging environment and shape the future leaders of our country. Also, deal with parents, all of who assume that their little angel is being pushed too hard, or not ‘stimulated’ enough. Because they have all completed teaching degrees and can appreciate a working environment dominated by 24 kids.
At POP we love teachers and while we don’t know anything about the industry itself…beyond thinking Mrs Landsdale was pretty awesome in grade 7, we know how to help teachers get the most out of their tax returns.
The POP system will literally guide teachers through the process of getting the best possible refund, without wasting valuable money or being forced to visit an accountant. But if you’re the type of teacher that likes to know the details, here are our top tax tips for teachers…which is alliteration. Thanks Mrs Landsdale.
1. Those Things You ‘Just Buy’
If the school doesn’t have extra large pieces of green cardboard, a box of pipe cleaners or a working example of the solar system (without Pluto) to hand, what do you do? You buy it yourself because you’d rather spend the money and educate the children properly than let little Jimmy think that Pluto is still a planet.
When you buy things with your own money, and if you aren’t reimbursed by the school, hang onto your receipts because you can claim them on your tax return.
2. Working from Home
Every teacher has one of ‘those friends,’ who likes to tell you how many holidays you get and how lucky you are to finish at 3pm every day. Thing is, those reports, essays and projects don’t mark themselves, class plans need to be completed and then there’s the general paperwork you need to get done. You probably do a lot of work from home.
The good news, the ATO provides a set rate of 45c per-hour to accommodate you for the costs which may include internet, electricity, furniture depreciation etc. If you track these expenses and feel the ATO rate isn’t reasonable, you can report a % of the actuals based on floor space of your office vs total floor space for the home office %.
If you undertake extra study and pay for it yourself, then you can claim it as a tax-deductible expense. Importantly, it does need to relate directly to your current role, and the ATO will most likely ask a few questions if you’re a math’s teacher completing a course in wine appreciation.
4. Union Fees, Memberships, Blue Card, Teacher Registration Fees…
Sometimes it’s the most magical job in the world and other times it feels like you’re paying for the privilege of being an educator. Every month there’s something else to pay for as registrations and renewals are automatically sucked out of your bank account. Well, it’s time to get some back. On the POP system, we’ll tell you what you’re probably paying for and guide you through the process.
Teachers are awesome and as a teacher, you deserve all the support you can get. Jump on the POP website now and see how quick and easy it is to get the best possible return without the fuss. POP has a deduction questionnaire just for teachers, stop missing out today!