The personal trainer industry has seen strong growth over the past decade in Australia. With demand for more flexible training options, rising health consciousness and interest in weight-loss programs it is no wonder! If you are considering becoming a personal trainer, undertaking study to become one, or are currently a personal trainer, it’s important to consider the impact of your vocation on your tax return. Online Tax Return assist thousands of Australian PT’s with their tax returns each year, maximising their tax claims. Here is our guide to the top five tax deductions available to you as a fitness professional from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
1. Travel Tax Deductions
If your personal trainer work schedule involves a lot of travel to and from different workplaces, you will be able to claim some of those costs in your tax return.
Claimable tax deductions include the cost of parking, tolls, public transport and taxis incurred while travelling to and from industry seminars, conferences, competitions, training courses or meetings.
While the cost of driving to and from your primary workplace in your own vehicle is not claimable to the ATO, you can claim the expense of driving between workplaces.
For example, say you run exercise classes at Gym A and Gym B. You cannot claim the cost of driving to Gym A in the morning, but you can claim the cost of driving from Gym A to B, and Gym B back to Gym A. Note, you cannot claim the cost of driving home.
To claim for travel, it’s a great idea to keep a record of kilometres travelled throughout the year for work – as well as vehicle maintenance costs. You can read more about tracking your travel costs on the Online Tax Return blog here.
2. Clothing and Protective Item Costs
If your work as a personal trainer involves a compulsory uniform, like one to identify you as a gym employee, you can claim tax deductions associated with wearing it. This includes logoed items like:
- Shirts or tops;
- Jackets or jumpers; and/or
- Pants or bottoms.
Alongside the cost of acquiring these items, you can claim the cost of laundering or dry cleaning those items in your tax return. You can read more on ATO methods to use when claiming your laundry costs on the Online Tax Return blog here. Note, you are not able to claim on general use items like running shoes, unless it has a logo on it.
If you conduct outdoor exercise classes or sessions outdoors, you can also claim for the cost of sunscreens, sunglasses and hats used in your work.
3. Personal Trainer Training
As with most vocations, personal trainer training courses related to your current employment can be claimed as tax deductions in your tax return. This can include courses on:
- First aid;
Occupational health and safety;
- Personal training;
- Staff supervision; and
- Management; and/or
- Attendance at certain fitness expos.
Education costs can also be claimed, provided they relate to your current employment and not a promotion or change in career. This includes courses not covered by HELP or HECS run by TAFE or Universities, and their associated costs (like stationery, books or travel).
4. Tools of the Personal Trainer Trade
There are a range of tax deductions available as personal trainer tools of the trade – from work-related licenses (not including your drivers), to home office expenses. Keeping a record of these expenses can make lodging your tax return that much easier.
Tools of the trade can include expenses associated with your work as a personal trainer, including:
- Membership or union fees;
- Debiting fees from facilitators (like PTBIZ);
- Related publications, books and DVDs;
- Related licenses, calls, and internet usage costs; and
- Home office expenses.
5. Tax Accountant Costs
(like the ones from Online Tax Return)
While it’s not limited to those working as a personal trainer, the costs from engaging a reputable tax accountant, like Online Tax Return, are actually tax deductions for the following year. How good is that? If you’re ready to lodge your tax return to the ATO quickly and easily with our local team of registered tax professionals, contact us.
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.