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Working from home expenses and your taxes - BCGEU

Throughout the pandemic many BCGEU members working at home have been wondering about the process for reimbursement or tax deduction for home office expenses.

As each member's situation with their employer's remote work protocol looks a little bit different, it's difficult to give an one-size-fits-all answer to questions.

However, this week's announcement of a simplified home office deduction may clear up the situation for many Canadians working from home.

From the Government of Canada:

Simplifying the Home Office Expense Deduction

Millions of Canadians are unexpectedly working from home because of COVID-19. While Canadians can already deduct certain home office expenses for tax purposes, to simplify the process for both taxpayers and businesses, the Canada Revenue Agency will allow eligible Canadians to claim up to $400, based on the amount of time working from home, without the need to track detailed expenses.

Click here to read the announcement in context

If you have home office expenses that are in excess of the amounts covered in the simplified deduction and are having difficulty getting the documentation needed from your employer, please talk to your BCGEU union steward.