Allowance for the Use of a Motor Vehicle

An allowance received by an employee for the use of a motor vehicle is considered reasonable, and does not have to be included on the RL-1 slip (see courtesy translation RL-1-T), if the following three conditions are met:

  • The allowance is calculated solely on the basis of the actual number of kilometres the vehicle is used by the employee in the performance of his or her duties.
  • The per-kilometre rate is reasonable.
  • You do not pay an allowance and also reimburse the employee for some or all of the expenses related to the use of the vehicle. However, if the reimbursement is solely for supplementary business insurance, tolls or ferry charges not covered by the allowance, the allowance is considered reasonable, provided the two conditions above are met.

Reasonable per-kilometre rate

As a rule, we consider that a per-kilometre rate is reasonable if it does not exceed the rate that an employer subject to income tax is authorized to deduct under Québec tax laws and regulations. The type of vehicle and the driving conditions may also be taken into consideration in determining whether a given rate is reasonable. A rate that does not cover the expenses incurred by the employee is not considered reasonable.

Rate of the allowance for the use of a motor vehicle (per kilometre)
Year First 5,000 kilometres Additional kilometres
2019 $0.58 $0.52
2018 $0.55 $0.49
2017 $0.54 $0.48
2016 $0.54 $0.48
2015 $0.55 $0.49

Unreasonable allowance

If an allowance you pay an employee for the use of a motor vehicle is not reasonable, you have to include the full amount of the allowance in boxes A, G, I and L of the employee's RL-1 slip.

Lump-sum allowance combined with a reasonable per-kilometre allowance

If you pay a lump-sum allowance that is not based on the number of kilometres travelled, the allowance is taxable and must be included in boxes A, G, I and L of the employee's RL-1 slip.

If you pay, for the use of the same motor vehicle, both a lump-sum allowance and an allowance based on the number of kilometres travelled, both allowances are taxable and must be included in boxes A, G, I and L of the employee's RL-1 slip.

Deduction for the use of a motor vehicle

An employee who meets the requirements set out in the Taxation Act can claim a deduction for the use of a motor vehicle in their income tax return.

For more information about employment expenses and the forms to be completed, see IN-118-V, Employment Expenses.

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