Principal Issues: (a) The taxable status of a $XXXXXXXXXX terminal loss incurred by an employer in respect of a leased automobile at the end of the lease - should the entire amount of the terminal loss be included in the employee's income as a taxable benefit? (b) Should an individual be entitled to a deduction for the entire "personal amount" under the Ontario Tax Reduction Program?
Position: (a) The whole amount will not be entirely reflected in the amount of the automobile benefit that is included in the employee's income for the year. (b) The OTR is not a rebate program nor does it provide for a deduction in computing Ontario taxable income.
Reasons: (a) When calculating the standby charge on a leased automobile, the amount of the terminal charge incurred at the end of a lease is included in the employer's cost of leasing the automobile for that year. The maximum amount that could possibly included in the employee's income for the year on the basis of the formula in subsection 6(2) of the Act, is two-thirds (2/3) of the terminal charge. This amount could be further reduced if the employee is required by the employer to use the automobile in connection with or in the course of the office or employment and the distance travelled is primarily in connection with or in the course of that office or employment. (b) The OTR will provide an individual with Ontario tax relief in one of two ways: (1) it will eliminate Ontario tax payable for an individual who in the taxation year has Ontario tax otherwise payable that is less than the individual's "personal amount", as calculated under the Ontario Act, or (2) it will reduce an individual's Ontario tax payable if it is in excess of the individual's personal amount, by reducing it by the amount, if any, by which twice the individual's personal amount exceeds the Ontario tax otherwise payable.