Motor vehicle - Leasing costs

You can deduct amounts you incur to lease a motor vehicle you use to earn income. Include these amounts on line 9281 - Motor vehicle expenses (not including CCA) of Form T2125, Statement of Business or Professional Activities.

When you use a passenger vehicle to earn income, there is a limit on the amount of the leasing costs you can deduct. To calculate your eligible leasing costs, complete "Chart C - Eligible leasing costs for passenger vehicles" of Form T2125.

The lease agreement for your passenger vehicle may include items such as insurance, maintenance, and taxes. In this case, include them as part of the lease charges on line 1 when you complete Chart C.


Generally, leases include taxes (GST and PST, or HST), but not items such as insurance and maintenance. You have to pay these amounts separately. Include the taxes on line 1 when you complete Chart C, and list the items such as insurance and maintenance on the appropriate lines of "Chart A - Motor vehicle expenses."

For your 2014 fiscal period, use the GST rate of 5% or the HST rate of your specific province.

The following example will show you how to calculate your eligible leasing costs. Use Chart C of Form T2125, Statement of Business or Professional Activities  to help you complete the following example.


Kim owns a pet store. Her business has a July 31 fiscal year-end. On February 1, 2014, she started leasing a car that is a passenger vehicle. The PST rate for her province is 8% and the GST rate is 5%. Kim entered the following for 2014:

Monthly lease payment


Lease payments for 2014


Manufacturer's suggested list price


Number of days in 2014 she leased the car


GST and PST on $30,000


GST and PST on $35,294


GST and PST on $800


Kim makes the following calculation:

Total lease charges incurred in Kim's 2014 fiscal period for the vehicle


Total lease payments deducted in fiscal periods before 2014 for the vehicle


Total number of days the vehicle was leased in 2014 and previous fiscal periods


Manufacturer's list price


The amount on line 4 ($33,000) or ($35,294 + $4,588), whichever is more, multiplied by 85%:


[$800 + (5% GST + 8% PST) x line 3] ÷ 30


[$30,000 + (5% GST + 8% PST) × line 1]  ÷ line 5


Kim's eligible leasing cost is either line 6 or 7, whichever amount is less. In this case, her allowable claim is $3,000.

Repayments and imputed interest

When you lease a passenger vehicle, you may have a repayment owing to you, or you may have imputed interest. If so, you will not be able to use "Chart C - Eligible leasing costs for passenger vehicles," of Form T2125 .

Imputed interest is interest that would be owing to you if interest were paid on money deposited to lease a passenger vehicle. You calculate imputed interest for leasing costs on a passenger vehicle only if all the following apply:

  • one or more deposits were made for the leased passenger vehicle;
  • the deposit(s) is / are, refundable; and
  • the total of the deposit(s) is / are more than $1,000.

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