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Long-haul vs. Short-haul Truck Drivers
There are differences in the tax treatment of expenses that can be claimed depending on the classification of being a long-haul vs. short-haul truck driver for transportation employees. Here are some general guidelines:
- Employee regularly has to travel away from the municipality and area where the employee regularly reports to work for a period of 24 hours and a distance of at least 160 km.
- Employee and employer fill out form TL2 for the employee each year
- Employee can claim 80% of meals, up to a maximum of three meals a day, and can claim lodging and showers (must keep receipts) for all long-haul trips.
- Employee can claim 50% of meals, for all other trips that do not meet the long-haul specifications.
- Employee has to travel away from the municipality and the metropolitan area the employee regularly reports to work for a period of 12 consecutive hours.
- Employer fills out form T2200 for the employee each year.
- Employee can claim 50% of meals, only one meal per day can be claimed.
No matter the classification, all truckers are required to keep a log book of trips which indicates the date, destination, times and total hours away, km driven and the number of meals. CRA may also request the employer's verification of the trips recorded in the log book. Expenses can only be claimed on amounts above any employer reimbursements or allowances.