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By Darryl Stewart

Parking in a Tax Zone

By Spencer Yarnell Head of Spreading the Herd Word

Fun CRA fact of the day. Parking at work can be a taxable benefit.


Well turns out that like any other taxable benefit you receive from your employer you’ve gotta put a price tag on how much parking is worth and pony up. The logic here is that all things equal between two jobs the employer who can offer you free parking is offering more value since theoretically if you went with the employer without free parking you would pay fees for a parking spot. Therefore by offering free parking you are helping with personal expenses and thus parking is a taxable benefit. The employer must assign a value to the parking based on what they pay for it and/or prices of parking nearby.

Some exceptions to the rule include: those who wish to make mobility disability claims and those for whom having a car at work is essential to completing their duties. The first I think is pretty self-explanatory so I’ll elaborate on the second. If you need to use your car to complete your job, say you’re a salesperson who needs to go to potential customer’s in person, then the expense of parking becomes a necessarily corporate expense since being able to park is essential for completing the job and it is no longer a personal expense. Thus in this situation parking is not a taxable benefit.

Alas for most of us this is not the case and our lazy buts are gonna get taxed by the CRA. You pay the taxes as you would any taxable benefits, either in parcels or on your T4 at the end of the year. Or you get your helpful neighborhood payroll provider to take care of it, (Hint, hint, not so subtle nudge nudge)

It’s only a matter of time before they tax me for drinking the company coffee. Sigh.

Goatbuzzter out.


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