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Tax Deduction Checklist


Meals and Entertainment

  • Maximum amount that can be claimed is 50% of the actual cost of food, beverages and entertainment and incurred.


  • The 50% limit also applies to gift certificates for food and beverages and tickets to sporting events and concerts purchased for patients or staff.


  • 100% of expenses can be claimed if the event is available to all staff members.  The employer is limited to six events per year.


  • Meals and beverages served (and entertainment provided) while traveling on an airplane, train or bus are not subject to the 50% limitation if the cost is included in the travel fee.  Food and beverages provided while traveling by boat or ferry are subject to the 50% limitation.


Club Fees and Dues

  • Green fees or membership fees in a golf club are not deductible.  There is an exception for expenses incurred for food and beverages at a restaurant, conference room, etc. of a golf club if they are incurred for genuine business purposes and the expenses are not incurred in conjunction with a game of golf or other recreational activity at the club.  Such amounts are subject to the 50% meals and entertainment limit discussed above.


Home Office

  • You can deduct expenses for the business use of a work space in your home, as long as you meet one of these conditions:
    • it is your principal place of business; or
    • you use the space only to earn your business income, and you use it on a regular and ongoing basis to meet your clients, customers, or patients.
  • You can deduct a part of your maintenance costs such as heating, home insurance, electricity, and cleaning materials. You can also deduct a part of your property taxes, mortgage interest, and capital cost allowance. To calculate the part you can deduct (area used for business purposes only), use a reasonable basis such as the area of the work space divided by the total area of your home.


Interest on Student Loans

  • Interest is deductible on loans received under
    • the Canada Student Loans Act;
    • the Canada Student Financial Assistance Act; or
    • a similar provincial or territorial government laws for post-secondary education.
  • Interest is not deductible on
    • a personal loan or a line of credit;
    • a student loan that has been combined with another kind of loan; or
    • a student loan received from another country.
  • Undeducted amounts may be carried forward five years.


Uniforms and cleaning

  • Cost of purchasing and cleaning special clothing, designed for protection from the particular hazards of the occupation, are fully deductible.


  • The cost of suits or other street clothing that can be used for both business and personal activities is considered to be a non-deductible personal or living expense by the CRA.


Practice search

  • Cost of travel, lodging, and food associated with researching the new position or practice location are deductible.


  • Costs incurred for family members are non-deductible.


Locum assignment

  • You can deduct travel expenses you incur to earn professional income. Travel expenses include:
    • public transportation fares;
    • hotel accommodations; and
    • meals, however, the 50% limit applies to the cost of meals, beverages, and entertainment when you travel.
  • Costs incurred for family members are non-deductible


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