Travel expenses include food, beverage, lodging and transportation (such as airplane, train, bus, etc.) expenses but not motor vehicle expenses.
You can deduct travelling expenses on your personal tax return as long as you meet all of the following conditions:
- You were normally required to work away from your employer’s place of business or in different places.
- Under your contract of employment, you had to pay your own travel expenses.
- You did not receive a non-taxable allowance for travel expenses. Generally, an allowance is non-taxable as long as it is a reasonable amount.
- You keep with your records a copy of Form T2200, Declaration of Conditions of Employment, which has been completed and signed by your employer.
Enter your claim for deductible transportation expenses (such as airplane, train, bus, etc.) on the “Other expenses” line of Form T777, Statement of Employment Expenses.
You can deduct food and beverage expenses if your employer requires you to be away for at least 12 consecutive hours from the municipality and the metropolitan area (if there is one) of your employer’s location where you normally reported for work.
The most you can deduct for food and beverage expenses is 50% of the lesser of:
- the amount you actually paid
- an amount that is reasonable in the circumstances
The 50% limit also applies to the cost of food and beverages you paid for when you travelled on an airplane, train, or bus, as long as the ticket price did not include these amounts.
If you are a transportation employee, you may also be able to claim expenses for meals and lodging (including showers).
If you would like more information or have any questions, feel free to contact us at 780.466.6204, or click here to send us an email.
Heather Bowie, CPA, CA
Heather completed her Bachelor of Commerce with an accounting major at the University of Alberta. She articled with a mid-sized national firm, during which time she received her CA designation.
Over the years, Heather has achieved a variety of work experience including as an online facilitator for the CA program, senior accountant in industry, and as a practice reviewer for CPA Alberta.
With KWB, Heather is a Manager and also leads the development of our advisory practice, Onsight Advisory.
Away from work, Heather and her husband own an HVAC company in Sherwood Park allowing her to understand business from both the client and the accountant perspective.
Heather has an amazing husband and two teen daughters who are growing way too fast for her liking. In her spare time, Heather enjoys attending her girls’ sporting events and dance performances, keeping active, and playing board games.