Motor vehicle leasing costs - employees

You can deduct amounts you paid to lease a motor vehicle you used to earn employment income. Include the leasing costs you paid when you calculate your allowable motor vehicle expenses.

If you use a passenger vehicle to earn employment income, there is a limit on the amount of the leasing costs you can deduct. If you leased a passenger vehicle before January 1, 2001, you will need to refer to the applicable chart in the 2008 version of the Guide T4044, Employment expenses to assist you in calculating the eligible leasing costs.

Use the Chart, Eligible leasing costs for passenger vehicles leased after December 31, 2000 to calculate your eligible leasing costs for a passenger vehicle leased after 2000.

Note

Most leases do not include items such as insurance, maintenance, and taxes. You have to pay these amounts separately. Therefore, list these expenses separately on Form T777, Statement of Employment Expenses. Do not include them in your calculation of eligible leasing costs.

If the lease agreement for your passenger vehicle does include items such as insurance, maintenance, and taxes, include them as part of the lease charges in your calculation.

Example

On February 1, 2013, Tom, a resident of New Brunswick, began leasing a car that meets the definition of a passenger vehicle. He used the car to earn employment income. Tom will complete the Chart using the following information for 2013:

  • Monthly lease payment : $500
  • Lease payments made for 2013 : $5,500
  • Number of days the car was leased in 2013 : 334
  • Manufacturer's suggested list price : $28,000
  • HST $35,294 × 13% = $4,588
  • HST $800 × 13% = $104
  • HST $30,000 × 13% = $3,900

Repayments and imputed interest
When you lease a passenger vehicle, you may have either a repayment owing to you, or you may have imputed interest. If this is your situation, you cannot use the Chart, "Eligible leasing costs for passenger vehicles leased after December 31, 2000". Instead, contact us.

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

  • You made one or more deposits for the leased passenger vehicle.
  • All deposits are refundable.
  • The deposits total more than $1,000.

Completing your tax return

Enter your eligible leasing costs on line 11 of Form T777, Statement of Employment Expenses.

Enter on line 229, the allowable amount of your employment expenses from the total expenses line of Form T777.

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