Public transit passes

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What is this?

If you or someone in your family purchased a public transit pass (including short-term passes or electronic payment cards) during the tax year, you can claim a non-refundable federal tax credit.

Your public transit pass must have allowed you unlimited travel on the following:

  • Local buses
  • Streetcars
  • Subways
  • Commuter trains
  • Commuter buses
  • Local ferries

You must keep a copy of all your related documents (your receipts, your transit pass/electronic payment card/smart card pass, and your usage report) in case the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) asks to see them at a later date.

If you live in the Yukon, you may also be able to claim your public transit pass as a provincial tax credit. Click this link to learn more.

 

Am I eligible?

You can claim this credit for any of the following members of your family:

  • You
  • Your spouse or common-law partner
  • Your children (if they are under the age of 19)
  • Your spouse’s children or common-law partner’s children (if they are under the age of 19)

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) says

You can also claim the cost of:

  • Short-term passes if:
    • each pass entitles you to unlimited travel for at least 5 consecutive days; and
    • you buy enough of these passes for 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.

Note: Ride/trip passes are not eligible for this credit as they do not provide for unlimited travel.

 

Where do I claim this?

Follow these steps in H&R Block’s tax software to claim your public transit tax credit:

1. Click the PREPARE tab.
2. Click the OTHER icon. You will find yourself here:


3. Under the MISCELLANEOUS section, select the checkbox related to Public transit passes.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Continue.
5. When you arrive at the page for public transit amount, enter the public transit amount you are claiming, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click Continue to proceed.

 

To claim a public transit tax credit for your spouse or common-law partner:

1. Click on the name of your spouse or common-law partner located beneath My 2015 taxes.
2. Click the PREPARE tab.
3. Click the OTHER icon. You will find yourself here:


4. Under the MISCELLANEOUS section, select the checkbox related to Public transit passes.
5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Continue.
6. When you arrive at the page for public transit passes, enter the public transit amount you are claiming, then scroll to the bottom of the page and click Continue to proceed.

 

To claim a public transit tax credit for an eligible dependant:

Note: Before claiming a public transit tax credit for an eligible dependant, you must first tell us about your dependants. You can do this by clicking the HOME tab and completing the ABOUT YOUR DEPENDANTS section.

1. Click on the name of the eligible dependant located beneath My 2015 taxes.


2. Under the Expenses section, select the checkbox related to Public transit expenses.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Continue.
4. When you arrive at the page for public transit expenses, enter the type of pass and the amount you are claiming, then click Continue.

 

Where can I learn more?