Tax Deductions Checklist for Medical Professionals

2017-18 Tax Return

  • Work Related Car Expenses:
    • When using your own car in the course of performing your job, such as:
      • Attending conferences or meetings
      • Delivering or Collecting items or supplies
      • Travel between two separate places of employment
      • Travel from your normal place of work to an alternative place of work
      • Does not include travel between home and your usual place of work?
    • Two available methods:
      • Set rate of 66c per kilometre (up to maximum of 5,000km)
      • Log book method – completed for 12 weeks, providing a business use % of your car. This business use % is then applied against your car's running costs, depreciation, finance interest and other holding costs to determine the deductible amount?
  • Conference Expenses:

    • Includes travel, accommodation, meals and incidentals
  • Memberships, Registrations and Subscriptions:

    • Memberships e.g. RACP, RAGCP, RACS, ACCRM
    • Registrations e.g. AHPRA
    • Professional Journals
  • Equipment and Supplies:

    • Laptop or Tablet
    • Bag / Briefcase
    • Stethoscope
    • Any other medical supplies or tools of trade
  • Insurances & Self-Education and Professional Development:

    • Professional Indemnity
    • Income Protection
    • Courses
    • Textbooks/Stationery
  • Home Office Costs:

    • Portion of heating & lighting of home office
    • Mobile Phone
    • Internet
  • Other:

    • Donations
    • Accountants and Tax Agent
  • Marginal Income Tax Rates
  • HELP and other education debts

    • Current threshold for 2017/18 is $55,874 – once your Repayment Income exceeds this, you will be required to begin repaying your HELP debt through your tax return.
  • Salary Packaging:

    • Employees of Public Hospitals have an opportunity to take advantage of concessional Salary Packaging options.
    • Can Salary Sacrifice up to $9,010 each year on items such as mortgage repayments or rent, and living expenses such as electricity, council rates, groceries, clothing and other household expenses.
    • Can Salary Sacrifice an additional $2,550 each year on items such as holiday accommodation, venue hire or dining out at restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Note – you will need to check with your employer whether they offer these salary packaging benefits to employees.

  • Private Health Insurance (summarised below)

    • The Medicare Levy Surcharge is an additional tax of up to 1.5% on your Taxable Income where you do not hold Private Health Insurance Hospital Cover.
    • The Medicare Levy Surcharge increases incrementally starting for Singles/Families at $90,000 and $180,000 respectively.
  • Private Health Insurance Rebate (summarised below)

    • Where you do have Private Health Insurance, your eligibility for the Private Health Insurance Rebate will be determined by your income level.
    • The level of rebate is subject to a Standard Rate, and 3 Tiers which reduce eligibility to Nil.
    • The Standard Rate applies to Singles/Families below $90,000 or $180,000 income levels respectively. The 3 Tier rates then apply for those above this threshold.
  • Superannuation

    • From the 1 July 2017 all individuals can contribute to Superannuation.
    • From the 1 July 2017 the general concessional contributions cap is $25,000 for all individuals regardless of age.
    • By contributing to superannuation, you are saving tax on your regular income (up to 49% individual marginal rates) and paying in your Super Fund at 15%, saving you the difference in tax overall.
    • Note that when your income exceeds $250,000, you will be required to pay an additional 15% tax on your superannuation contributions
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