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Renting a room in your home

​Income from renting rooms in your own home is taxable. Examples include income from:

  • lodgers
  • foreign language students
  • holiday makers
  • paying guests

Flat rate deduction

Declare the total income you've received on your personal tax return and we'll give you a flat rate deduction in your income tax assessment as follows:

​Sleeping only
​Meals supplied
​25% deduction
​50% deduction




This flat rate deduction applies to small scale activities. It doesn't apply to registered guest houses.

Concessions and practice: lodgers and paying guests

Filling out your tax return

If you need help filling out the renting a room in your home section of your tax return watch our help video.

Renting a room in your home: tax form help 


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