Line 21900 – Moving expenses: Are you employed or self-employed?
Note: Line 21900 was line 219 before tax year 2019.
If you have moved and established a new home to work or run a business at a new location, you can deduct eligible moving expenses from the employment or self-employment income you earned at your new work location, including amounts you received under the Wage Earner Protection Program for your employment at the new work location.
To qualify, your new home must be at least 40 kilometres closer (by the shortest usual public route) to your new work location or school. You must establish your new home as the place where you ordinarily reside. For example, you have established a new home if you have sold or rented (or advertised for sale or rent) your old home. Generally, your move must be from one place in Canada to another place in Canada.
You cannot deduct your moving expenses from any other type of income, such as investment income or employment insurance benefits, even if you received this income at the new location.
If you received a reimbursement or an allowance for your eligible moving expenses, you can only claim your moving expenses if you include the amount you received in your income or if you reduce your moving expenses by the amount received.
The CRA may ask you to provide a letter from your employer saying that you were not reimbursed for the moving expenses you are claiming.
Unused moving expenses available to carry forward to a future year
If your net moving expenses (line 21 of Form T1-M, Moving Expenses Deduction) paid in the year of the move are more than the net eligible income (line 22 of Form T1-M) earned at the new work location in that same year, you can carry forward and deduct the unused part of those expenses from your employment or self-employment income earned at the new work location and report on your return for the following years.
Expenses you paid in a year after you moved
If your moving expenses were paid in a year after the year of your move, you can claim them on your return for the year you paid them against employment or self-employment income earned at the new work location.
This may apply if your old home did not sell until after the year of your move. If this is the case, the CRA may ask you to submit Form T1-M with the receipts and explain the delay in selling your home.
You cannot carry back moving expenses to a prior year. For example, if you paid moving expenses in the current year for a move that occurred in a prior year, you cannot claim the expenses paid in the current year on your prior year return, even if you earned employment or self-employment income at the new location in the prior year.
Your net eligible income
If you are an employee, your net eligible income is equal to the amounts reported on your T4 Slip or T4A Slips relating to the new work location and that are included on line 10100 or line 10400, minus any amount relating to the new work location claimed on line 20700, line 21200, line 22215, line 22900, line 23100, and line 23200 of your return.
If you are self-employed, your net eligible income is generally equal to the net amounts earned at the new work location that are included on lines 13500, 13700, 13900, 14100, and 14300, minus any amounts claimed on line 21200 and line 22200 of your return.
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