Why is my tradesperson (or apprentice mechanic) tools deduction $0?
You probably have not:
- spent enough on eligible tools, or
- earned enough employment income.
To qualify for the tradesperson deduction, you must have both spent at least $1,179 on eligible tools and earned at least $1,179 in related employment income (2017 amounts).
To qualify for the apprentice mechanic tools tax credit, you must have spent at least $501 on eligible tools.