The CRA determined that the monthly payments made to cover the costs of employed bus drivers were taxable since no receipts were required.
The CRA determined that the fixed monthly payments made to school bus drivers to cover the following personal costs:
■ cellular phone usage,
■ bus washing expenses (such as at a car wash),
■ electricity consumption (which is for plugging in the employer's school bus at the employee's residence to ensure that the bus would start in the morning).
Should be considered part of the employees' income under s. 6(1)(b) because the employees were not required to submit receipts.
It is important to have and submit receipts to employer because the lack of receipts could result in a taxable benefit, as demonstrated by the CRA's findings regarding fixed monthly payments made to school bus drivers.
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