ATO allows deductions for sanitiser, face masks and COVID-related expenses
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Among the pandemic-related additions are soaps, face masks, hand sanitisers and gloves.
ATO assistant commissioner Karen Foat said healthcare, retail and hospitality workers would be the most likely to benefit.
“Taxpayers working in jobs that require physical contact or close proximity with customers or clients during COVID-19 measures may be able to claim a deduction for items such as gloves, face masks, sanitiser or anti-bacterial spray if they have paid for the items and not been reimbursed,” Ms Foat said.
Workers who purchased personal protective equipment (PPE) to work through summer’s horrific bushfire season are also eligible for these deductions.
If you have been working in an occupation that requires physical contact or proximity with customers or clients during the COVID-19 period, you may be able to claim a deduction for items such as gloves, face masks, sanitiser or anti-bacterial spray if you have paid for the items and haven't been reimbursed. This includes industries like healthcare, retail and hospitality. - ATO Last modified 05 June 2020 QC 62802