YOUR MONEY MATTERS MARCH 2022

Tax deductibility of COVID-19 test expenses

After much speculation, the Government announced that COVID-19 tests, including Polymerase Chain Reaction (‘PCR’) and Rapid Antigen Tests (‘RATs’), will be both:

  •    tax-deductible; and
  •    exempt from FBT;

broadly where they are purchased for work-related purposes.

This will require the introduction of new specific legislation (i.e., to clarify that work-related COVID- 19 test expenses incurred by individuals will be tax-deductible or FBT exempt where employers provide the tests to their staff) which will apply both where an individual is required to attend the workplace or has the option to work remotely.

The Government intends that these changes take effect from the beginning of the 2022 income year and will apply permanently once enacted.

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