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Canada Revenue Agency increases flat rate meal-expense deductions

OTTAWA, Ont. -- The Canada Revenue Agency has increased the flat rates that truckers can use to calculate meal-expe...


OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canada Revenue Agency has increased the flat rates that truckers can use to calculate meal-expense deductions on their tax returns.

Effective with their 2006 tax returns, truckers can use the flat rate of $17 per meal up to a maximum of $51 a day when claiming meal deductions. Drivers travelling and incurring meal expenses in the US may now use the rate of US$17 per meal up to a maximum of US$51 a day, converted to Canadian dollars.

The flat rates for meal expenses claimed for tax years 2003 to 2005 remain at $15 per meal to a maximum of $45 per day. A flat rate of $11 per meal to a maximum of $33 applies to any deductions claimed for tax years prior to 2003.


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