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

To claim a credit for eligible tools, enter their cost in the employment expenses section of TurboTax. You must have bought these tools during the tax year to earn employment income as a tradesperson or eligible apprentice mechanic.

To claim this deduction, you'll need a signed T2200 from your employer that declares the conditions of your employment. While you don't need to file the T2200 with your return, you must keep a copy for your records.

Note: Before you begin, complete the Setting Up/Introduction step of your return until the Find button appears.

  1. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon).
  2. In the Find window, type employment expenses.
  3. Select Employment Expenses from the list, then Go.
  4. On the Employment Expenses screen, select Yes.
  5. On the second Employment Expenses Profile screen, check Other Employment Expenses.
  6. When you reach the Other Employment Expenses screen, scroll until the Tradesperson's Tools Expense section. Input your information here.

Note: Before you begin, complete the Setting Up/Introduction step of your return until the Find button appears.

  1. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon).
  2. In the Find window, type employment expenses.
  3. Select Employment expenses from the list, then Go.
  4. On the Employment expenses screen, select Yes.
  5. Select Tradesperson's tools expenses, then Continue.
  6. Input your information on the Tradesperson’s Tools Expenses screen.

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.

Related information:

Where do I claim my employment expenses?

Self-employment Centre

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