Employees working from home due to COVID-19 may be able to claim a deduction for expenses incurred during 2020.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has simplified the process by introducing a new temporary flat rate method for employees who have worked more than 50% of the time from home for a period of at least four (4) consecutive weeks in 2020 and permits employees to claim $2 per day worked from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The maximum claim using the new temporary flat rate method is $400 (200 working days) per person and is only applicable to the 2020 tax year.
Complete details on the simplified process for the temporary flat rate method can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency website. If you have any further questions, please contact your supervisor or payroll coordinator.