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How much of a salesman salary can be written off?

Expert: Gary Booth

Matt asked:

I live in Ontario, Canada, just outside Toronto and am wondering what specifically I can write off as a salesman. I have a salary position, with commission making up half of my total income. I heard I am able to write off gas, clothing, dinners; and I just want to know for sure what I am able to write off.

Gary Booth answered:

This depends upon how you are treated for tax purposes.

Would you receive a T4A at end of year and income would be classified as self-employed commissions or is the employer issuing you with a form T2200 called claim for employment expenses.

The items you can claim are related to your classification. Some items you may be able to claim ould include a portion of car expenses, promotion expenses and office expenses (example cell phone) etc. However clothing is not normally claimable.

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