Employed artists

Note: Line 22900 was line 229 before tax year 2019.

You can deduct expenses you paid in 2022 to earn employment income from an artistic activity if you did any of the following:

These expenses include any GST and provincial sales tax (PST), or HST, you paid. You may be able to get a rebate of the GST/HST you paid. For more information, see Employee GST/HST Rebate.

The amount you can claim is limited to the lesser of:

a) the expenses you actually paid in 2022 plus any amounts you carried forward from previous years

b) the lesser of:

minus the following amounts you deducted from your income from an artistic activity:

If you have expenses you cannot claim because of the 20% or $1,000 limit, you can deduct them from artistic income you earn in a future year.

Enter the amount you can deduct on the "Artists' employment expenses" line of Form T777, Statement of Employment Expenses.

If you earn artistic income from more than one employer, total your income and expenses before you calculate your claim. In other words, you cannot make a separate claim for each employer.


As an employed artist, you can deduct expenses described in Salaried employees, if you meet the required conditions of an employee earning a salary. If this is the case, you can choose to deduct these expenses separately from the other expenses you paid to earn artistic income. However, choose the option that gives you the greatest deduction in 2022, since you cannot carry forward any unused expenses that you can deduct in 2022.


Barbara is a salaried employee whose employment income from artistic activities was $20,000 in 2022. During 2022, she paid $950 for advertising, $1,550 for travelling, and $350 for musical instrument expenses to earn this income. Since advertising and musical instrument expenses are not listed as deductible expenses of a salaried employee, Barbara will choose the option to deduct these expenses separately as artists' employment expenses because it will allow a greater deduction for 2022. She meets the requirements for deducting her travelling expenses as explained in Travelling expenses, and her musical instrument expenses as discussed in Musical instrument expenses, and she can claim her advertising expenses as an artist's expense.

Barbara calculates her artists' employment expenses as follows:

The lesser of:

a) $950 (advertising expenses)

b) the lesser of:

  • $1,000
  • $4,000 (20% of $20,000)

minus $350 (musical instrument expenses)

Amount b) is $1,000 – $350 = $650.

The lesser of a) and b) is $650.

Barbara calculates the amount to enter on line 22900 of her income tax and benefit return as follows:

Travelling expenses

Artists' employment expenses

Musical instrument expenses

Total to enter on line 22900




= $2,550

Completing your tax return

Enter the amount you can deduct on the Artists' employment expenses line (9973) of Form T777, Statement of Employment Expenses.

Enter the amount from the Total expenses line (9368) on line 22900 of your return.

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