Can I claim food when working away from home?

Yes, in Australia, employees who are required to travel away from their usual place of work may be eligible to claim a tax deduction for food and incidental expenses incurred while working away from home. The ATO provides a meal allowance to offset these additional costs and ensure that employees are not personally out-of-pocket for necessary sustenance during work-related travel.

However, it’s important to note that there are specific rules and conditions associated with claiming these expenses. The ATO sets daily rates for meal allowances, which vary depending on the circumstances and location of the travel. These rates are tax-free when paid within the ATO’s specified limits.

To claim food expenses while working away from home, you typically need to meet certain criteria, such as:

  • Being away from your usual place of work and home overnight.
  • Incurring additional food and incidental expenses as a result of this travel.
  • Keeping records and receipts to substantiate your expenses.

It’s important to maintain accurate records of your expenses, including receipts, invoices, and travel itineraries, to support your claim. It’s also advisable to consult with a tax professional or refer to the ATO’s official guidelines to ensure you meet all the necessary requirements and receive accurate advice tailored to your specific circumstances.