Can I Claim Home Office Deductions ?

Jul 06, 2020 | Michael Tse


The rules of home office expenses and reimbursements

With many of us working at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to learn the rules regarding the tax deductibility of home office expenses. RBC Wealth Management published a report to guide clients on what type of expenses could be deducted and the corresponding eligibility requirements. It is important to note that the tax treatment may differ depending on whether one is a salaried or commissioned employee. We believe the below links serve as a good primer to start. Bear in mind that tax rules may change and CRA could provide further guidance in the future. We recommend speaking with a qualified tax advisor and accountant to review the eligibility of home office deductions as it relates to your specific circumstance.

These reports will answer the following questions:

  • Does my employment contract require a ‘Work From Home’ arrangement?
  • What forms are required to claim a home office deduction?
  • How do the rules differ if I own or rent my home?
  • Can I deduct rent, salary and office supplies?
  • Can I deduct home office expenses like utilities, maintenance and repairs?
  • What if the expenses and supplies have a personal/non-employment use?
  • Are there any deduction limits?
  • Can I claim a deduction if my employer provides reimbursements?

Click HERE if you are a Salaried employee

Click HERE if you are a Commissioned employee