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Where do I claim my employment expenses in TurboTax CD/Download?

If you're a salaried or commissioned employee who had to work from home 50% or more of the time for at least four consecutive weeks due to COVID-19, or if you're self-employed, then you're eligible to claim home office expenses on your 2021 tax return.

To claim employment expenses, choose the following scenario that best describes you, then complete the listed instructions:

  1. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon) from the TurboTax menu
  2. In the Find window, type employment
  3. Select Employment Expenses from the list of results, then select Go
  4. On the Employment expenses step, select Yes
  5. On the Employment Expense Profile step, make the selection that best applies to your situation, then select Continue
  6. Follow the instructions that appear on-screen to enter your expenses.
  7. You've finished the expenses section when you reach the Employment Expenses Summary step

Note: To claim this deduction (line 22900 of your tax return), you must qualify under the new COVID rules, OR have a signed T2200 or T2200s from your employer showing the conditions of your employment. Don’t file the T2200 or T2200s with your return but do keep a copy for your records.

  1. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon) from the TurboTax menu
  2. In the Find window, type business
  3. Select Business profile from the list of results, then select Go
  4. On the Business expert interview step, select Continue
  5. The instructions for this step depend on how much of your return you've completed so far, so follow the instructions below that match what you see on-screen:
  • If you see the Business summary step and want to enter business expenses for a business not listed on-screen, select Enter New Business for [Name], then follow the instructions to reach the expenses section
  • If you see the Business summary step and want to enter business expenses for a business listed on-screen, select Edit next to that business, then follow the instructions to reach the expenses section
  • If you see the [Name]: Business Identification step, answer the question, then select Continue. Follow the instructions to reach the expenses section

You've finished the expenses section when you reach the Business summary step.

  1. Select Find (or the magnifying glass icon) from the TurboTax menu
  2. In the Find window, type self-employment, select it from the list of results, then select Go
  3. On the Your self-employment profile for 20xx step, select all of the checkboxes that apply to you (and your spouse, if applicable), then select Continue
  4. Follow the instructions on-screen to reach the expenses section
  5. You've finished the expenses section when you reach the Employment insurance premiums on self-employment and other eligible earnings step

Make sure you have receipts for all expenses claimed (for example, for gas and repairs). The CRA may ask you to provide them to prove your claims.

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