BEEF UP YOUR TAX RETURN: How training at tax time helps


So we’re into the middle of the year, those New Years resolutions for self-improvement are all but lost and everyone’s hanging out for the next holiday season. But really, it’s never been a better time for you to get into gear and start achieving some career goals with further education than TAX TIME!

So, here’s a bunch of reasons why tax time is the time for you to start working towards your next qualification…

Ban the mid-year boredom

By registering to begin studying a new qualification, whether it be business, marketing, human resources, or quality auditing or by browsing the endless lists of courses you can do to gain extra skills, you are re-motivating your mind mid-year. With almost all of the public holidays behind us and a large number of sleeps until Christmas, a new lease on life is just what we all need right now. Challenge yourself!

Get a promotion

We all know that end of financial year means new budgets and perhaps some sneaky promotions thrown in too. By signing up for courses for your own professional development, you are showing your boss just how keen you are to improve your skills and therefore improve your ability to perform in your current role. Be proactive in promotion season!

Potentially save thousands of dollars

Further education is expensive and a lot of us are purely studying and completing further training to perfect the skills we need for our current role. We should be rewarded for our dedication towards our job and our devotion to continuous improvement. By picking a study path or qualification that is directly aligned with your current job, you’ll be able to claim the costs of course fees, textbooks and even internet bills!

Remembering to claim

We all start out at the beginning of a new financial year planning to fill a shoe box labelled ‘For Tax Time’ with a whole bunch of receipts, telling ourselves next year we’ll be more prepared. But realistically, it never happens does it? By signing up for training and qualifications now, you certainly won’t forget to put in your claim for self-education this year. And there’s no need for that shoe box either…..

All that being said, the tip is ensuring you know exactly what you can and can’t claim and what Certificates, Diplomas or higher qualifications are eligible under self-education expenses. Head to the ATO website and use the Self-Education Expenses Calculator to find out what you can claim and start picking your courses today!

Not sure what you what you should be studying? Use our Your Career database to find the qualifications best suited to your role!

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