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407 commuters: Who pays your bill?

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Poll: Who pays your 407 commuting expenses?

  • Total votes: 92. You have voted on this poll.
I pay the bill out of my own pocket.
 
43
47%
My company covers it.
 
8
9%
I split the cost with my company.
 
4
4%
I don't use the 407 for commuting.
 
37
40%
[OP]
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Oct 29, 2009
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407 commuters: Who pays your bill?

For those of you who use the 407 for commuting, who pays your bill? Do you cover that expense out of your own pocket? Or does your company cover it? Or do you share the cost?

I'm only talking about commuting (i.e. driving to/from a particular place of business), not regular business travel which I would expect to be almost all covered by businesses.
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[OP]
Sr. Member
Oct 29, 2009
652 posts
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Not sure why, but I expected a higher portion of people would have it covered by their business. Just wishful thinking I guess :-).
Deal Expert
Jun 15, 2011
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I can only expense the portion used for work related purposes.
Blanka
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Dec 24, 2005
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McGuillicuddy wrote: Not sure why, but I expected a higher portion of people would have it covered by their business. Just wishful thinking I guess :-).
i am guessing it's less than 5% of people who are lucky and have their work pay for it.

the other 95% of non commerical users are just people who live in the sticks.
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Aug 22, 2011
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Center of Universe
Depends on your role with the company.
Sales, offsite support etc...(spends majority of their time on the road visiting clients) will likely have it 100% covered or provided company cars with transponders.

Otherwise, there is no "tax breaks" for an employer to provide ETR access for those simply travelling from home to the office.
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Jul 11, 2006
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Toronto
I pay the bill, but it's only $200/month and my commute is cut in half every single day. The time savings alone is worth it, let alone the gas savings.
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Mar 30, 2004
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Durham Region
Don't live in Toronto at the moment, but when I move back in the fall I'll be taking it daily, paying for it myself - and expensive as it may be, it's worth every penny.

I would much rather pay through the nose and get to my destination in a reasonable amount of time than see the tolls cut to a point where the highway is as congested as every other route in the GTA.
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Oct 4, 2006
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Burlington
Only take the 407 when I have events to get to early in the AM and don't want to worry about being stuck in traffic since its crappy to setup for the event while its running. Otherwise I sometimes check the traffic and if its really bad I will jump the 407 for a bit to bypass some of it.

Sadly if I took it daily to and from work it would cost me around $1,000 a month.
Deal Guru
Feb 9, 2009
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I own a business and expense it
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Sep 14, 2006
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My salary jumped up by a lot and is more than enough to cover 407 so that takes care of my expenses.
TEAM CANADA!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sep 2, 2010
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Bummer's Roost
Tolls are a legitimate expense just like parking.
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Jan 20, 2014
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Ottawa
I drive with my tailgate down..
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Nov 26, 2003
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I only use it for work and they cover it. Very occasional use, my bill is maybe $40 per month. For personal purposes I find it too expensive to be worth it.
Deal Guru
Dec 31, 2005
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Work will only cover if you are a home office based and are going into the office.
Deal Guru
Dec 31, 2005
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eager beaver wrote: Tolls are a legitimate expense just like parking.
But not if you are commuting to your office as you would daily...not that it doesn't happen, just that it is rare. Just like you cannot claim it as an employment expense for tax purposes if it is part of a daily commute.
Member
Feb 12, 2009
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North York
In-home personal trainer, I got it in Oct, helps me travel eat/west faster. Living in Aurora and going to eat markham or Thornhill the 407 helps a lot. I pay out if pocket but claim it as an expense
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Nov 17, 2004
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Sanyo wrote: I own a business and expense it
Same. But even if I wasn't, I'd still take it to save time. Time is money. I even take it on the weekends.
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Sep 27, 2011
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Toronto
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Dec 28, 2005
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Germany
Work used to pay the full bill as a recruitment incentive and now I have a monthly allotment that never gets used.

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