Do You Use Public Transit?

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If you do…You can claim cost of monthly public transit passes or passes of longer duration such as an annual pass for travel within Canada on public transit for 2016.

Only you or your spouse or common-law partner can claim the cost of transit passes (if these amounts have not already been claimed) for:

  • yourself;
  • your spouse or common-law partner; and
  • your or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s children who were under 19 years of age on December 31, 2016.

These passes must permit unlimited travel within Canada on:

  • local buses;
  • streetcars;
  • subways;
  • commuter trains;
  • commuter buses;
  • local ferries.

You can also claim the cost of:

  • Shorter duration passes if:
    • each pass entitles you to unlimited travel for at least 5 consecutive days; and
    • you purchase enough of these passes so that you are entitled to unlimited travel for at least 20 days in any 28-day period.
  • Electronic payment cards if:
    • the card is used to make at least 32 one-way trips during an uninterrupted period not exceeding 31 days; and
    • the card is issued by a public transit authority that records and provides a receipt for the cost and usage of the card.

At Matheson Carson and Associates we’re here to help you navigate through these things, and more at tax time. Give our friendly staff a call at 514-695-4018 or drop in to our office, conveniently located at 24 Canvin, Kirkland, Quebec.

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