Laundry Expenses

Employees can claim up to $150 in their tax return for laundry expenses without written evidence. Laundry includes washing, drying and ironing work related uniforms and protective clothing. The claim should be based on a reasonable estimate and if the claim exceeds $150, the whole claim must be substantiated by written evidence.

The ATO will accept as reasonable expenses for washing, ironing and drying work related clothing:

  • $1 per wash (if washed seperately), and
  • $50c per wash (if washed with other clothes)

This exception does not increase the $300 threshold, and expenses (with the exception of laundry expenses up to $150) must be substantiated in the taxpayers tax return if the total claim exceeds $300.