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Thousands could earn tax break for working remotely during COVID-19

Deduction could depend on employers, CRA: report


July 23, 2020
By Talent Canada staff

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Canadian workers spending the pandemic toiling at home, rather than the office, could find themselves earning a lucrative tax deduction, according to the CBC.

But eligibility could depend on their employers and the Canada Revenue Agency, says the report.

The deduction is known as the “work-space-in-the-home” and can be claimed by those who work from home more than half the time, or have a separate home office used for meetings with clients.

Irregardless, new remote workers will need their employer to certify that it is a condition of your employment, according to the CBC report, which noted 174,210 Canadians took advantage of the deduction in 2018, claiming $1,561 on average.

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Those who qualify can claim a portion of their household expenses, such as utilities, cleaning and rent.