What is the TL2 tax form used for?

TL2 is a Claim for Meals and Lodging Expenses form. Use this form if you are working as a transport employee and were required to pay for your own meals and accommodation while traveling for work.

Who is eligible to claim those expenses?

You can claim a meal and lodging expense deduction if you:

  • Work for an airline, railway, bus, or trucking company, including long-haul truck drivers
  • Work for any other employer whose main business is transporting goods, passengers, or both
  • Travel in vehicles that the employer uses to transport goods or passengers
  • Regularly have to travel away from the municipality and the metropolitan area (if there is one) where your employer’s home terminal is located
  • Regularly have meal and lodging expenses while travelling away from the municipality where the employer’s home terminal is located, meaning that you must generally be away from home overnight to do the job

You will need a T2200 filed by your employer to allow you to claim employment expenses. you don’t have to file the T2200 with your return, however you will need to fill the TL2 with your tax return.

How do I fill out the TL2 tax form?

You complete Parts 1 and 2 and get your employer to fill out Part 3:

  • Part 1: Employee Information: you fill this part with your personal information.
  • Part 2: Trip and Expenses Summary: list your trips by days and average hour per trip. List the meals and lodging expenses per trip. Check this link on how to claim your meals and lodging.
  • Part 3: Employment Information: this section should be completed by your employer to approve your logs.

If you have expenses other than meals and lodging, you will need to fill the T777 form. Claim all the expenses on line 22900 of your Income Tax and Benefit Return. You expense as a driver cannot exceed your income from this employment.

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