Your Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) are tax deductible, which means you can claim them back on tax at the end of the financial year, if you have used them in order to attend a place of work. Here's everything you need to know (including what to do if you've already thrown out your receipts).

What does it cover?

It covers all Australian tax payers - individuals and small businesses, with the amount that you'll get back calculated by your tax rate. But only the COVID-19 tests you buy for work-related purposes are tax deductible. Any test that's been purchased in the 2021/2022 financial year can be claimed (that means any test that you've bought since July 1, 2021).

You can only claim the work-related portion of your expense on COVID-19 tests. For example, if you buy a multipack of COVID-19 tests and use some for private purposes (such as for other family members or for leisure activities), you must only claim for the portion of the expense you use for a work-related purpose.

You will also need to satisfy the Australian Tax Office that your work has required you to take the test, for example via correspondence from your employer stipulating the requirement to test.

What happens if I don't have a receipt?

Ideally you should keep a receipt to prove you've spent money on it, but if you haven't kept your old receipts, you can still claim money back. The Australian Tax Office says you can use a detailed record of the purchase in another form, such as bank and credit card statements or a written diary entry. Your record needs to show what you purchased, when, where, and how much you spent, and must be in English.

What section do I add it under on my tax return?

When you're completing your tax return, enter the amount at Other work-related expenses on the form, including the description 'COVID-19 tests'.

For more information read about COVID-19 Test Expenses on the ATO website.


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Information sourced from: Australian Taxation Office

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