The Minister of Finance has announced the automobile expense deduction limits and the prescribed rates for automobile operating expense benefits that will apply for the 2015 taxation year. Specifically, the rates in effect will be as follows:
- The limit on tax deductible, per kilometre allowances paid to employees for using their personal vehicles for business purposes increases by 1 cent to 55 cents per kilometre for the first 5,000 kilometres, and to 49 cents per kilometre thereafter. The rates are 4 cents per kilometre higher in the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut;
- The capital cost allowance limit for passenger vehicles purchased in 2015 will remain at $30,000, plus applicable federal and provincial sales taxes. This results in a maximum allowable input tax credit of $1,500 for GST paid ($4,500, $4,200 or $3,900 for HST paid at 15%, 14% or 13% respectively) for a passenger vehicle acquired in 2015;
- The limit on deductible leasing costs remains at $800 per month (plus applicable federal and provincial sales taxes) for leases entered into in 2015. Thus, the maximum allowable input tax credit that may be claimed for GST paid in respect of a lease entered into in 2015 is $40 per month ($120, $112 or $104 for HST at 15%, 14%, or 13% respectively); and
- The general prescribed rate used to determine the taxable benefit relating to the personal portion of automobile operating costs remains at 27 cents per kilometre. For taxpayers employed principally in the selling or leasing of automobiles, the prescribed rate will also remain at 24 cents per kilometre.
Please note that the above limits and rates may be subject to the recapture of input tax credit requirements in Ontario and Prince Edward Island.
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