PUBLISHED APR 19, 2021 • 3 MIN READ
The short answer is that mileage reimbursement might be taxed as income, and it also might not be. Here we will quickly go over when your reimbursements for work-related car expenses are taxed as income and when they are not.
This depends on how your employer reimburses you, and what for.
If your employer reimburses you only for the work-related expenses that you incurred (for example, fuel, parking, and road tolls), or if they used the automobile allowance rate based on your actual business kilometres driven, this reimbursement is almost always tax-free.
If your payment summary from your employer shows that tax was withheld, then your reimbursement was taxed. If the payment summary doesn’t withhold any tax, then your reimbursement was tax-free.
One important thing to remember - if you are reimbursed for your expenses and no tax was withheld, you can’t also claim them as a tax deduction. This is because you have no longer paid tax for those expenses - your employer has (by reimbursing you).
On the other hand, if your reimbursement had tax withheld, you can then claim those specific expenses as a deduction at tax time.
That's it for our guide on if mileage reimbursements are taxable income in Canada. We hope we've been of assistance.
This material has been prepared for general informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional advice from Driversnote. You should consider seeking independent legal, taxation, or financial advice from a professional to check how this information relates to your own circumstances. Relevant laws also change from time to time.