Changes to Meal Benefits and Allowances

CRA has announced changes to amounts related to meal benefits and allowances.

• CRA increased the amount that employers can use to determine whether an overtime meal or allowance, or the meal portion of a travel allowance is taxable, from $17 to $23.
• CRA also increased the rate at which transport employees and other individuals can claim meal expenses, using the simplified method (a flat rate per person), from $17 to $23 per meal.

These changes are effective immediately and retroactive to January 1, 2020.

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