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To claim or not to claim? Tax deductions you can claim as a performing artist

Jun 01, 2023

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Tax time is right around the corner. Not sure what deductions to claim as a performing artist? Well, good news, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have shared some helpful tips and resources to give you a hand!

‘To claim, or not to claim?’

From agent fees, to travel expenses, to research related event tickets – the ATO’s tailored occupation guide for performing artists helps you understand what you can and can’t claim in your tax return. It also covers the income and allowances you’ll need to declare, and the records you need to keep.

Can I claim grooming expenses?

When it comes to grooming expenses, you can’t claim the cost of hairdressing, cosmetics, hair and skin care products not relating to your role or costume.

However, you may be able to claim the cost of:
• a particular hairstyle if it’s required for a role
• hairdressing to maintain a required hair length or style as part of a costume
• stage makeup, including the cost of cleansing materials for removing stage makeup.

Keeping on top of your records

Keeping the right records is essential. Use the myDeductions tool in the ATO app for a fast and easy way to store your receipts and to keep on track of your records. The ATO app is also one of the best ways to keep track of the progress and outcome of your tax return after you’ve lodged.

Your tax assessment

The ATO is reminding people that the low and middle income tax offset has ended and you may get a lower refund this year, or you may get a bill. A list of this and other reasons that may affect your tax refund are available on the ATO website at

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