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Deduction Limits and Rates Applicable to the Use of an Automobile

In calculating the taxable benefits related to the use of an automobile or the automobile expenses that can be deducted for income tax purposes, you must take into account certain limits and prescribed rates. The limits and rates for 2008 are listed below:

  • For purposes of capital cost allowance (CCA), the ceiling on the capital cost of passenger vehicles remains at $30,000 (plus GST and QST) for vehicles purchased after 2007.
  • The limit on deductible leasing costs remains at $800 per month (plus GST and QST) for leases entered into after 2007. Under a separate restriction, deductible leasing costs are prorated where the value of the passenger vehicle exceeds the capital cost ceiling.
  • The limit on the deduction of tax-exempt allowances paid by employers to employees using their personal vehicle for business purposes has been increased to 52 cents per kilometre for the first 5,000 kilometres and 46 cents for each additional kilometre.
  • The maximum allowable interest deduction for amounts borrowed to purchase a passenger vehicle remains at $300 per month for loans related to vehicles acquired after 2007.
  • The prescribed rate used to determine the taxable benefit relating to the portion of the operating expenses related to an employee's personal use of an automobile provided by the employer has been increased to 24 cents per kilometre. For taxpayers employed principally in selling or leasing automobiles, the prescribed rate has been increased to 21 cents per kilometre.

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