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Home office expenses

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.

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Medical Expenses

Eligible medical expenses (that have not already been reimbursed by a healthcare plan) can be claimed as a credit to a maximum of:

  • The lesser of 3% of your net income,

  • Or $2,397 (for the 2020 tax year).

Refer to the CRA website for a listing of which medical expenses can be claimed.

Moving House

Moving expenses

If you moved at least 40km for work (to be employed or run a business at a new location) or to attend a post-secondary program (as a full-time student), you may qualify to deduct eligible moving expenses. 

Common moving expenses that can be claimed are:

  • Transportation and storage costs,

  • Travel expenses (vehicle expenses, meals, and accommodation),

  • Limited temporary living expenses,

  • Cost of cancelling the lease for your old home,

  • Incidental costs such as changing your address on legal documents, replacing drivers licence and non-commercial vehicle permits (not including insurance), utility hook-ups and disconnections.

Refer to the CRA website for full details.