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Work-related car expenses

Takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete

Before we begin

This calculator will calculate the amount of work-related car expenses which you can claim, as long as:
  • you have provided the necessary information, and
  • you confirm that you have maintained the necessary records.
There are four methods of claiming work-related car expenses for using a car that you owned, leased, or hired under a hire-purchase agreement.

This tool will automatically determine your eligibility and calculate your claim under each of these four methods. You may use the method that gives you the largest deduction, as long as you have the evidence required for that method.

If you do not have all the information and/or records, the calculator will provide amounts relevant to those methods for which you have provided sufficient information. If you have more than one vehicle, you will need to input the details separately, as different methods of calculation may be used for each car.

You can claim a deduction for expenses that you incur in using your car for work. However, ordinary travel to and from work is not a work-related car expense. This is so even if:

  • you have to travel between home and work more than once a day, or
  • you are required to travel to work outside normal business hours, or
  • you do minor work-related tasks (such as picking up mail) on your way to or from work, or
  • your home was a place of business and you travelled directly to a place of employment where you worked for somebody else.

For more information on what does, and does not, constitute a work-related car expense, see Claiming car expenses - what trips are work-related?

There are special rules for jointly owned cars. Practice Statement PS LA 1999/2 tells you more about these rules.
Notes and disclaimers

  • All outcomes provided by this tool are based on the information you provide and you should use them as an estimate and advice only.

  • Your eligibility and entitlement to a deduction for work-related car expenses can only be determined following lodgment of your tax return.
Takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete