We are often asked if expenses to move outside of Canada for work or study are tax deductible. The answer, in most cases, is "yes", if the person maintains Canadian resident status.
The general rule provides that, among other conditions, a taxpayer can claim moving expenses if he/she moves at least 40 kilometers closer to a new business or employment location in Canada. Hidden deeper within the legislation were provisions that seemed to allow deductions if a taxpayer moved outside of Canada but was still a Canadian resident: Paragraph 19 of IT 178R3 confirms this conclusion. A recent proposed amendment to the Income Tax Act makes this conclusion clearer.
Examples of Canadians who leave Canada but still remain tax resident include:
The CRA website has a list of eligible moving expenses. Examples include:
There are limitations on the amount of expenses you can deduct in various scenarios so please consult your TSG representative if you have a "moving experience" to discuss.
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