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I'm self-employed. Where do I claim travel expenses?

SOLVEDby TurboTax7Updated April 07, 2022

Self-employed individuals can claim travel expenses incurred by themselves or their employees. As long as the travelling is done in the course of your business, you can claim reasonable travel expenses.

If your business activity takes you to a conference, convention, or other business event, you can deduct travel costs such as your:

  • Business event ticket
  • Travel fare
  • Accommodation
  • Parking
  • Public transit
  • Meals
  • Entertainment

Select the links below to learn more about special rules surrounding some of these expenses.

Along with qualifying travel expenses, you may be able to claim other self-employment expenses on your return. To learn more about all expenses available to self-employed individuals, visit the CRA’s Business expenses webpage.

You can claim the cost of attending up to two work-related conventions a year.

Sometimes convention fees include the cost of food, drinks, or entertainment. If these amounts aren't shown separately on your bill, subtract $50 from the total convention fee for each day the organizer provides food, drinks, or entertainment.

You can deduct this daily $50 amount as a meal and entertainment expense instead, but keep in mind that a 50% limit will apply.

Generally, your deduction for meal and entertainment expenses is limited to 50% of the actual cost. You can claim food, drink, and entertainment expenses separately from the fare for your plane, train, or bus travel if those costs weren’t included in the ticket price.

If any of your other travel expenses were incurred partly for personal use, those expenses must be divided between business and personal use before claiming them on your return.

To claim your self-employment travel expenses in online editions of TurboTax:

  1. Select Find from the menu and enter self-employment
  2. Select the search result, then select Go
  3. Answer Yes to Do you have self-employed income and/or expenses to report?, then select Continue
  4. Indicate your category of self-employment, then select Continue
  5. Enter your self-employment business information on the screens that follow, selecting Continue as you finish each screen
  6. Proceed until the Did you pay for work or business-related travel? screen. Select Yes and enter the amount of your eligible travel expenses, except those for travel to a convention
  7. When you’re finished, select Continue
  8. Proceed until the Did you have any other expenses? screen. Select Guide Me and follow the instructions to enter any convention expenses
  9. When you’re finished, select Continue. You’ve now entered your self-employment travel expenses

To claim your self-employment travel expenses in CD/download editions of TurboTax:

  1. Select Find from the menu and enter self-employment
  2. Select the search result, then select Go
  3. Indicate your category of self-employment, then select Continue
  4. On the Professional business income screen, select Continue
  5. Enter your self-employment business information on the T2125 - Professional Business Statement #1 screen, including your eligible travel expense amounts in the Expenses section
  6. When you’re finished, select Continue. You’ve now entered your self-employment travel expenses

Related information

Self-employment Centre

Self-employment and Rental Income Centre

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