Company refuses to sign a T2200 form

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  1. kuelaine89

    kuelaine89 Bobtail Member

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    Hi, I am a newbie (long haul, cross-border). My company calls my cell phone all the time and I often use the ArriveCan app, yet, they refuse to provide a signed T2200 form so I can claim my expense when filing my tax return. I know it is reasonable to claim such expense as I use my phone solely to earn money. Can anyone please advise? Thanks.
     
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  3. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Employees can't deduct business expenses any longer, so it's really a moot point
     
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  4. Lonesome

    Lonesome Mr. Sarcasm

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    Quit answering your phone when they call....
     
  5. kuelaine89

    kuelaine89 Bobtail Member

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    But I read this:
    Employed Individuals
    "Generally, an employee may be able to deduct certain expenses paid for employment if they had to pay for the expenses under their contract of employment and they obtain a completed and signed Form T2200, Declaration of Conditions of Employment, from their employer. In particular, an employee may be able to deduct a part of a basic cell phone service plan "
    CRA Info on Tax Treatment of Cell Phones - Ontario Trucking Association

    I am not asking for allowance/reimbursement so I wonder why my company will refuse :-(
     
  6. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    That language points more to an independent contractor. I don't know if a cell phone is considered an expense under a contract of employment seeing how most likely you use it for personal use. If it were me, I would not worry about it, especially if the cell phone is the only deduction you're after.
     
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  7. gentleroger

    gentleroger Road Train Member

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    The question is how much (by percentage) is your cell phone used for personal use and how much is used for communicating with your company?

    A very quick perusal of the Canadian rules makes me think it needs to be over 20% business to be eligible, not to mention worthwhile of your time and effort.

    I also wonder if signing this form might confuse your employment relationship with your carrier - I think if you are an IC, signing that form would indicate you are an employee and open them up to a whole can of problems.

    Talk to a cpa, and they can get you sorted, but for a $300 deduction I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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  8. kuelaine89

    kuelaine89 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for your advice.
    To begin with, I bought a dual sim phone for solely work use, i.e. separate 100% from my personal use. One slot is for Canadian communication with my company and the other sim slot is used to communicate in the U.S. My company calls me through out the day and the colleagues in the U.S. also calls me on the phone but not using the messaging system in the truck. The expense is not small. If I use the trucker plan (Rogers/Bell/Fido) it is $120/month...
     
  9. roundhouse

    roundhouse Road Train Member

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    Depends on your tax rate
    But in the US , a $1,400 expense deduction would save you about $260 on taxes

    Not even a dollar a day, so definitely not worth making a big deal out of with the company if you’re making good money and being treated with respect by the dispatchers.
     
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  10. kuelaine89

    kuelaine89 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks for the insight and sharing your wisdom.
     
  11. kuelaine89

    kuelaine89 Bobtail Member

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    Appreciate your advice!
     
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