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I used my car to go to work. Can I deduct these expenses?

No, you cannot claim the cost of normal trips between home and work, even if

  • you did minor tasks on the way, such as picking up mail
  • you had to travel between work and home more than twice a day
  • you were on call
  • there was no public transport near your work
  • you worked outside normal business hours, such as overtime.
  • your home was a place of business and you travelled directly to a place of employment

The ATO considers all of this travel private and it is thus not deductible.