Claiming Your Laundry Tax Deductions

If you wear a dedicated uniform for work, you can claim a tax deduction for the cost of laundering those uniform items in your tax return. This does not just cover dry-cleaning or other professional services, but laundry loads at home too. This laundry tax deduction is dependent on accurate records and logs of your laundering activities – so make sure to keep a good record!

Uniforms include items like:

  • Protective clothing;
  • Occupation-specific clothing;
  • Distinctive, or logoed, uniform items.

If your workplace requires general office wear or all-black outfits, these are not classed as distinctive and thus cannot be claimed. However, depending on your employer’s uniform policy, it can also include items such as shoes, stockings, socks, or jumpers.

How you calculate your laundry tax deductions will change depending on the means of laundering. The below costs include washing, drying and ironing.

Laundry Means Calculating Method
At home – eligible work clothes only $1 per load
At home – eligible work clothes and other 50 cents per load
Laundromat – eligible work clothes only $1 per load or total of actual expenses
Laundromat – eligible work clothes and other 50 cents per load or total of actual expenses
Dry Cleaning Total of actual expenses


If you opt to use the “per load” method to calculate your laundry tax claims, it is recommended you keep detailed records of:

  • The number of times you washed your clothes throughout the year; and
  • The types of clothes in each load.

If your laundry tax claim exceeds $150 and your total claim for work expenses is above $300, you must have written evidence (like a logbook or receipts).

Laundry tax can be a slippery subject, so if you need assistance, it’s best to engage a trusted tax agent. Luckily, the team at Online Tax Return can provide quality advice and simple tax services at an affordable price.

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This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice.