The update includes:
New Temporary Flat Rate Method
The new temporary flat rate method simplifies your claim for home office expenses. You are eligible to use this new method if you worked more than 50% of the time from home for a period of at least four consecutive weeks in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can claim $2 for each day you worked from home during that period plus any additional days you worked at home in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The maximum you can claim using the new temporary flat rate method is $400 (200 working days) per individual.
Each individual working from home who meets the eligibility criteria can use the temporary flat rate method to calculate their deduction for home office expenses. This means multiple people working from the same home can each make a claim.
This method can only be used for the 2020 tax year.
New Detailed Method
You are eligible to claim a deduction for home office expenses for the period you worked from home, if you meet all of the criteria:
Changes to the process
New Eligible Expenses
The CRA has released a 59 item list of items that individuals may have been considering deducting, which indicates what specifically would be deductible, and what would not. The eligibility list is broken down by deductibility for commissioned sales persons and employees.
Should you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to myself or the team. As always, we are here to help and support you.
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