As a yoga teacher in Australia, you can claim certain expenses as tax deductions if they are directly related to your yoga teaching activities. Some of the expenses you may be able to claim include:
- Training and professional development: When you undertake training and professional development courses related to yoga teaching, you can claim the associated costs as a deduction. This includes Yoga Australia events and even your Membership fees!
- Equipment and supplies: If you purchase equipment or supplies for use in your yoga teaching, such as mats, blocks, straps, or music, you can claim the cost of these items.
- Studio or rental fees: If you rent a space to hold your yoga classes or pay a commission to a studio that hosts your classes, you can usually claim these expenses as deductions.
- Advertising and marketing: If you spend money on advertising your yoga classes, such as creating flyers or advertising online, you can claim these expenses as deductions.
- Insurance: The insurance you purchase for your yoga teaching activities can be claimed, such as public liability and professional indemnity insurance.
- Retreats, Travel & Resources: If you have organised or attended a yoga retreat, keep all travel related expenses and ask your accountant for more information.
It’s important to note that you can only claim expenses that are directly related to your yoga teaching activities, and you’ll need to keep accurate records of all your expenses and receipts to support your claims. It’s also a good idea to consult a tax professional or the Australian Taxation Office for specific guidance on your individual circumstances.
Teaching Yoga From Your Home
If you run your business from a dedicated space in your home, you may be able to claim a portion of your home office expenses as a tax deduction. The home office deduction is calculated based on the percentage of the area of your home that is used for work purposes.
To claim a home office deduction, you must meet the following criteria:
- The space you use as a home office must be used exclusively for work-related purposes, such as teaching classes and business administration.
- You must be able to demonstrate that the space you use as a home office is integral to your income-earning activities as a yoga teacher.
- You must have records to support your claim, including receipts for expenses.
Expenses that you may be able to claim for your home office include:
- A portion of utilities such as electricity, gas, and internet.
- Office equipment such as a computer, printer, and office furniture.
- Cleaning expenses, such as cleaning products or a cleaner’s fee, for the portion of the house that is used for work purposes.
It’s important to keep accurate records of all your expenses and receipts to support your claims. It’s also a good idea to consult a tax professional or the Australian Taxation Office for specific guidance on your individual circumstances.
For more information, visit the Australia Tax Office (ATO) website https://www.ato.gov.au/