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How do I claim a credit for a tradesperson’s tools in TurboTax?

You enter your cost for eligible tools you bought in the tax year to earn employment income as a tradesperson and as an eligible apprentice mechanic in the employment expenses section of TurboTax.

Note:  In order to claim this deduction, you must have a signed T2200 from the employer that declares the conditions of your employment. You do not need to file the T2200 with your return, but you do need to keep a copy for your records.

To enter your tool expenses:

  1. Select Find in the upper-right hand corner.
  2. In the Find window, type Employment Expenses.
  3. Select Employment Expenses from the list and then select Go.
  4. On the Employment Expenses step, answer Yes.
  5. In TurboTax online editions:

  6. On the Employment Expenses Profile step, check Other Employment Expenses.
  7. When you reach the Other Employment Expenses step, scroll until you reach the Tradesperson's Tools Expense section.
  8. In TurboTax CD/download editions:

  9. On the Employment Expenses Profile step, check Tradesperson’s tools expenses.
  10. Select Continue until you reach the Tradesperson’s tools expenses

Be sure to enter the total amount you paid for the tool, not the tax credit amount ($500). TurboTax will use the amount of expenses paid that you enter to calculate the credit amount.

* If you don’t see the Find button, you may not have completed the Setting Up/Introduction step of your return. Continue through the Setting Up/Introduction step until the Find button appears.

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