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Deducting Teleworking Expenses

As announced in December, you may be able to claim a deduction in your income tax return for some expenses related to teleworking in 2020 due to COVID-19.

You must complete the new simplified form TP-59.S-V, Expenses Related to Working Remotely Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and use one of the following methods to calculate your teleworking expenses:

  • the temporary fixed rate method, where you claim $2 for each day you worked from home, to a maximum of $400 (you do not need to get a form from your employer or keep any supporting documents);
  • the detailed method, where you claim the exact amount of your expenses (your employer must complete form TP-64.3-V, General Employment Conditions, and you must keep your supporting documents).

You can use the Teleworking Expenses Tool from the Ministère des Finances to determine which method is best for you.  In addition, see Employment expenses related to teleworking in the COVID-19 FAQ for individuals. Here you will find examples of situations, allowed and disallowed expenses and a list of the conditions for claiming the deduction.

For everything you need to know in a nutshell, watch this short video (in French only).

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