Disposition of tools (tradespersons)
As a tradesperson (including an apprentice mechanic), you may decide to sell any or all of the eligible tools for which you claimed a deduction. If so, you must include, in your income in the year you sold the tool(s), the amount by which the proceeds of disposition of each tool is greater than the adjusted cost of the eligible tool sold. The proceeds of disposition of a tool is the amount of money you sold the tool for.
If you are an employed apprentice mechanic, go to Disposition of tools for an eligible apprentice mechanic to calculate the adjusted cost of the tools you purchased.
Adjust the original cost of each eligible tool you bought by using the following formula :
Adjusted cost of an eligible tool = D − (D x [E ÷ A])
D = the original cost of each eligible tool that you bought in 2020
E = the tradesperson's tools deduction that you claimed in 2020
A = the total cost of all eligible tools that you bought in 2020
Complete a separate calculation for each eligible tool you bought in 2020.
Bill bought two eligible tools in 2020 for $4,500. Tool A and Tool B cost $2,500 and $2,000, respectively. Bill must calculate the adjusted cost of these tools. He calculates the adjusted cost of Tool A as follows:
Adjusted cost of Tool A = D − (D x [E ÷ A])
D = $2,500
E = $500 +$2,755 (from Deduction for tools example) =$3,255
A = $4,500
By applying this formula, the adjusted cost of Tool A is:
$2,500 − ($2,500 x [$3,255 ÷ $4,500])
= $2,500 − $1,808
Similarly, the adjusted cost of Tool B is:
($2,000 − ($2,000 x [$3,255 ÷ $4,500]))
Assume that Bill sells Tool A in 2021 for $1,500. The proceeds of disposition of Tool A ($1,500) is greater than its adjusted cost ($692). As a result, he would have to include the amount of $808 ($1,500 – $692) as income on line 13000 of his 2021 income tax and benefit return. If the proceeds of disposition had been less than the adjusted cost of the tool, Bill would not have been able to deduct the difference.
Completing your tax return
Enter your claim on the Tradesperson's tools expenses line (1770) of Form T777, Statement of Employment Expenses.
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