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

SOLVEDby TurboTax63Updated February 01, 2022

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.

While following the applicable instructions below, 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.

Before you begin, complete the Intro/Profile steps of your return until the Find button appears.

  1. Select Find from the menu
  2. Enter employment expenses and select Go
  3. On the Employment Expenses screen, select Yes
  4. Select the applicable checkbox for the form you received from your employer, then select Continue
  5. On the second Employment Expense Profile screen, select the Other Employment Expenses checkbox
  6. Answer the question Are you eligible to claim the GST/HST rebate, then select Continue
  7. When you reach the Other Employment Expenses screen, scroll until the Tradesperson's Tools Expense section. Input your information here, then select Continue

Before you begin, complete the Introduction/Profile steps of your return until the Find button appears.

  1. Select Find from the menu
  2. Enter employment expenses, select it from the list, then select Go
  3. On the Employment expenses screen, select Yes
  4. Select the applicable checkbox for the form you received from your employer, then select Continue
  5. Select the Tradesperson's tools expenses checkbox, then Continue
  6. Input your information on the Tradesperson’s Tools Expenses screen, then select Continue

Related information

Where do I claim my employment expenses?

Self-employment Centre

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