Can I claim the bridge toll charges for my to go to work?

I am a full time employee and has to pass a toll bridge to get to work everyday. I have T2200 from my employer to reimburse my automobile expenses occurred during the work, but not the bridge toll charges. Can I claim the bridge toll charges? Can I claim the automobile expense occurred for my commuting?

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The CRA considers travel between home and office to be personal use of your automobile. So you cannot claim the bridge toll charges or any other auto expenses related to your commute from home to office.

From the CRA website:

You can deduct your motor vehicle expenses if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • You were normally required to work away from your employer's place of business or in different places.
  • Under your contract of employment, you had to pay your own motor vehicle expenses.
  • You did not receive a non-taxable allowance for motor vehicle expenses. Generally, an allowance is non-taxable when it is based solely on a reasonable per-kilometre rate.
  • You keep with your records a copy of Form T2200, Declaration of Conditions of Employment, which has been completed and signed by your employer.

The types of expenses you can deduct include:

Sometimes, your employer will include an unreasonably low allowance as income on yourT4 slip even though you do not want to claim any expenses. When this happens, have your employer complete and sign Form T2200, or get a letter from your employer stating that the allowance was unreasonably low. On line 229, deduct as an expense an amount equal to the allowance.

If you use a motor vehicle for both employment and personal use, you can deduct only the percentage of expenses related to earning income. To support the amount you can deduct, keep a record of both the total kilometres you drove and the kilometres you drove to earn employment income. We consider driving back and forth between home and work as personal use.

If you use more than one motor vehicle to earn employment income, calculate each vehicle's expenses separately.

For more information, see Interpretation Bulletin IT522, Vehicle, Travel and Sales Expenses of Employees.

For more information about allowable motor vehicle expenses, see Motor vehicle expenses.

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