Work-related car expenses updated

The ATO has just announced that the cents per kilometre rate has increased to 85 cents per kilometre for 2023/24.

To recap, there are two methods to claim work-related car expenses as follows:

1. Cents per kilometre method

This method is easier for record keeping, involves a more simple calculation, and is generally suited to those with less vehicle use.

You simply keep a record of the number of kilometres you’re traveling for work or for business over the duration of the year and you claim these using the set rate.

The drawback of this method is that you are limited to a maximum of 5,000 work-related or business kilometres per year. That gives you a total maximum claim of $4,250. Thus, if you’re using your car a lot for work, you may find that this is method quite limiting.

2. Logbook method

This method can allow for greater claims depending on how much you’re using your car for work or business.

However, there are more recordkeeping requirements – the main one being that you must keep a 12-week logbook that records all of your trips, both business and private, for those 12 weeks. At the end of the 12 weeks, you calculate your work- related or business percentage use, and you can claim that percentage for all deductions for your car.

You also need to keep all receipts for fuel, insurance, registration, interest, and servicing throughout the year.

As mentioned, despite the additional effort, it can often lead to a greater claim if you are using your car a lot for work and business.


Cents per km
allows for larger
Ability to claim
a percentage of
actual expenses
as well as
depreciation of the
Simple calculation
and record
No need to keep
all receipts for
running expenses
ConsMore onerous
Must keep records
for all car expenses
Total claim limited
to 5,000kms, or
$4,250 (2023/24)
No separate
depreciation claim


As you can see, both methods have their downsides and can have their benefits too depending on your situation. Consider which is best for you, taking into account:

  • If you have the time or the ability to save all of your car-related records
  • The level of your business-related vehicle use.

Both methods have their downsides and can have their benefits too depending on your situation. Consider which is best for you.

If you have any queries in regards which option is best for you please contract TNR today.

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