AI tools – can these be claimed in my tax return?

As technology continues to shape our world, artificial intelligence (AI) tools have become increasingly prevalent in various aspects of our lives, including the realm of business.

While AI tools have been around for a while, they have recently become more widely known in the public sphere, particularly since the inception and release of a tool called ‘ChatGPT‘. 

Since the release of ChatGPT, many similar tools have hit the market, and are not only a bit of fun (think about the bizarre things people would ask Siri when Apple released that feature!), but also as a handy tool to streamline processes, enhance productivity and gain a competitive edge.

recent article on highlighted the potential for business owners to claim costs of investing in AI tools, in their End of Financial Year tax return.  

In this blog post, we will discuss how you may be able to claim AI tools on your tax return in Australia and take advantage of this innovative tax deduction.

Types of AI Tools

AI tools encompass a wide range of technologies and software applications that leverage artificial intelligence algorithms. They can include but are not limited to:

1. Automated data analysis and reporting tools.
2. Machine learning platforms and predictive analytics software.
3. Natural language processing (NLP) and chatbot systems.
4. Robotic process automation (RPA) software.
5. Virtual assistants and voice recognition software.
6. AI-based accounting and bookkeeping systems.


Before diving into the process of claiming AI tools on your tax return, it’s important to understand the eligibility criteria. In Australia, to claim any expenses in your tax return, you must satisfy certain criteria. 

This eligibility process applies to all items that an individual or business claims as a deduction in their tax return, AI tools or other. According to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), the 3 general criteria for being able to claim a deduction are:

  • you have spent the money yourself and weren’t reimbursed,
  • the expense directly relates to earning your income, and
  • you must have a record to prove it (usually a receipt/invoice).

You can find out more on the ATO’s website here

Claiming deductions - general steps

Some general guidelines about claiming deductions (including those related to your AI tools) on your tax return:

1. Keep detailed records: Maintain accurate and organized records of your expenses, including purchase or subscription receipts, invoices, and any relevant documentation.

2. Determine deductibility: Assess which expenses are eligible for deduction, using the 3 point guidelines from the ATO.

3. Categorize expenses: Allocate your expenses into relevant categories, such as software or technology expenses, and ensure they are correctly reported.

4. Seek professional advice: If you are unsure about the eligibility of certain expenses or require assistance in navigating tax regulations, it’s highly recommended that you consult with a qualified tax professional or accountant who specialises in this area.

5. Complete your tax return: When filing your tax return, report your expenses in the appropriate section/s. Provide accurate descriptions and itemised details to support your claims.


As AI tools continue to revolutionize the way we work and operate our businesses, it’s essential to leverage every opportunity to maximize tax benefits. By understanding the eligibility criteria and following the necessary steps, you can claim expenses (including those related to AI tools) on your tax return in Australia. 

Remember to maintain proper records and consult with a tax professional to ensure compliance with tax regulations and optimize your tax deductions. Stay ahead of the curve and reap the rewards of embracing innovative technologies while enjoying the benefits of reduced tax liabilities.

Please note that the information provided in this blog post is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as legal or taxation advice. Tax laws and regulations are subject to change, and the applicability of claiming AI tools on your tax return may vary based on individual circumstances. It is crucial to consult a qualified tax professional or accountant for personalised advice regarding your specific situation. They can provide guidance tailored to your needs, ensuring compliance with the latest regulations and optimizing your tax deductions.