Canada Revenue Agency increases flat rate amount for meal claims, and reasonable amount for meal benefits and allowances
“Updating our policies is an integral part of our People First philosophy to put Canadians at the centre of everything we do. The increase to the reasonable amount for meal benefits and allowances, as well as the flat rate amount for meal expenses, demonstrates CRA’s commitment to ensuring our tax system is fair and meets the needs of Canadians today.”
-The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
“This is an important measure of support for Canada’s transportation sector employees, particularly our truckers. Canadians owe much to the tireless work of Canada’s truck drivers, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. These increased meal allowance rates will ensure that truckers and other essential workers can access affordable meals as they travel long distances, transporting critical goods and supplies.”
-The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
Canada’s long-standing guidelines on taxable benefits apply to all employers, regardless of their industry sector or community.
The CRA first published its administrative policy on overtime meals or allowances in Guide T4130 in 1999, stating that the meal or allowance had to be reasonable.
In 2009, the CRA updated its administrative policy to specify that $17 is generally defined as a reasonable amount.
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