Customs and Revenue Agency, Canada’s equivalent to the Internal
Revenue Service, recently increased the per-diem for truckers from
$33 to $45 per day for receipt-free meal allowance starting with
the 2003 tax year, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance.
a victory for hundreds of thousands of hard-working truck drivers,”
said David Bradley, CEO of CTA.
to CTA, the Canadian tax agency began re-examining the $33-per-day
policy when a tax court decision in 2000 allowed a driver to claim
a more realistic level. At that time, CTA opened discussions with
Customs and Revenue to push for a permanent change in the receipt-free
with the 2003 tax year, drivers who elect not to claim a meal expense
deduction based on actual receipts will be allowed to use the rate
of $15 per meal up to a maximum of $45 per day. As well, drivers
traveling and incurring meal expenses in the United States may now
use the rate of $15 U.S. per meal up to a maximum of $45 U.S. a
day, converted to Canadian dollars.