To add an allowance, click on ‘More’.

Next, select ‘Allowance’.

Enter the unit of the allowance and the cost per unit.

You then have the option to select whether it is subject to tax and super, subject to tax but exempt from super or exempt from both tax and super.

Finally, choose what type of allowance it is. The options are: Award transport payments, Cents per kilometre, Task, Laundry, Overtime meal, Qualification, Travel, Tool, Other -Non-Deductible, Other-Uniform, Other-Private Vehicle, Other-Home Office, Other-Transport/Fares and Other-General

Allowance Definitions

The following definitions are to be used as a guide only. Please refer to the ATO for the full definitions and the criteria for providing these allowances.

Award transport payments

Deductible expense allowances for the total rate specified in an industrial instrument to cover the cost of transport for business purposes, as defined in section 900-220 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

Cents per KM

Deductible expense allowances that define a set rate for each kilometre travelled for business purposes that represents the vehicle running costs, including registration, fuel, servicing, insurance and depreciation into account.


Deductible expense allowances for washing, drying and/or ironing uniforms required for business purposes.

Overtime meal

Deductible expense allowances defined in an industrial instrument that are in excess of the ATO reasonable amount, paid to compensate the payee for meals consumed during meal breaks connected with overtime worked.


Deductible expense allowances that are paid for maintaining a qualification that is evidenced by a certificate, licence or similar.


Service allowances that are paid to a payee to compensate for specific tasks or activities performed that involve additional responsibilities, inconvenience or efforts above the base rate of pay.


Deductible expense allowances to compensate a payee who is required to provide their own tools or equipment to perform work or services for the payer.


Deductible expense allowances that are in excess of the ATO reasonable allowances amount (for domestic or overseas travel), undertaken for business purposes, which are intended to compensate employees who are required to sleep away from home.


Any expense allowances that are not otherwise separately itemised.

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