Six Year-end Tax Reminders for Employers

Read these tips or take a 'Year-end' seminar from the Canadian Payroll Association

TORONTO, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Tax time is almost here. For employers, that means filing year-end tax slips and implementing new compliance measures for the first payroll run of 2014. For employees, that means understanding how legislative changes could affect their paycheque in 2014.

"The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) is dedicated to helping payroll, finance and human resources professionals have the smoothest year-end possible," said Steven Van Alstine, Vice President, Education for the Canadian Payroll Association. "This is crucial to mitigating risk and avoiding compliance audits and penalties."

Read this brief summary of notable 2013 tax year reporting requirements and compliance measures now in effect. Payroll practitioners wanting more information can enroll in the CPA's popular one-day 'Year-end' seminar held across Canada. Visit payroll.ca.

  1. Taxable Benefits Clarification 
    • AD&D and Critical Illness Insurance Premiums: The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) clarified that employer-paid AD&D and Critical Illness insurance premiums are a taxable benefit to employees, effective January 1, 2013.
    • Education Benefits: Education benefits to non-employees (for example, family members) are not included in the taxable income of the employee's taxable income.
    • Social or Athletic Club Memberships: Employer-paid memberships to such facilities are not considered a taxable benefit if it is principally for the employer's advantage.
  2. Canada Pension Plan Contributions and Form CPT30
    Effective January 1, 2012, CPP contributions became mandatory for all employees between 60 and 65, even for individuals previously exempted because they were receiving their Canada Pension Plan (CPP) benefits. Employees age 65-70 who are receiving a CPP or Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) benefit can opt out of continued CPP contributions if they file a CPT30 form with the Canada Revenue Agency and their employer.

  3. New Benefit for Parents of Critically Ill or Injured Children
    A new Employment Insurance (EI) benefit became available on June 9, 2013, which could provide up to 35 weeks of leave to parents who are absent from work to provide care or support to their critically ill or injured children.

  4. Quebec RL-1 Box G Reporting Pensionable Earnings 
    The 2013 QPP contribution rate is higher than the CPP rate, creating some administrative issues for employers that transfer employees in and out of the province of Quebec.

  5. Ontario Employer Health Tax
    Pending the passing of legislation, the 2014 annual exemption of the Employer Health Tax (EHT) for organizations with an Ontario payroll will increase from $400,000 to $450,000. The exemption would be eliminated for private-sector employers with an Ontario payroll of $5 million or more.

  6. CRA Web Access Code
    For those who file year-end slips electronically, a web access code (WAC) provided in 2012 is valid for all future filings. Employers can retrieve a lost WAC by contacting the CRA.

Year-end slips and summaries must be filed with the CRA or Revenu Québec on or before February 28, 2014. There is still time to enroll in the CPA's Year-end seminars, offered in select cities through January 2014. For more information on the Canadian Payroll Association's Professional Development Seminars , Certification Programs, and the Benefits of Membership visit payroll.ca.

Visit payroll.ca. CPA representatives are available for interviews.

About the CPA:
The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) has influenced the payroll compliance practices and processes of hundreds of thousands of employers since 1978. As the authoritative source of Canadian payroll knowledge, the CPA affects the legislative processes and practices of payroll service and software providers, as well as hundreds of thousands of small, medium and large employers. Payroll professionals in 1.5 million organizations across Canada are responsible for ensuring the timely and accurate payment of $830 billion in wages and taxable benefits, $260 billion in statutory remittances to the federal and provincial governments and $90 billion in health and retirement benefits, while complying with more than 190 regulatory requirements.

Image with caption: "Year-end is a crucial time for payroll, finance and human resources professionals, as year-end tax slips and new compliance measures must be finalized for the first payroll run of 2014.The Canadian Payroll Association provides these tax tips for employers and a popular Year-end seminar. More information at payroll.ca or http://tinyurl.com/l9ge2ou. (CNW Group/Canadian Payroll Association)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131203_C6975_PHOTO_EN_34233.jpg

SOURCE: Canadian Payroll Association

For further information:

Contact:
Helene Robitaille, Communication Coordinator, helene.robitaille@payroll.ca 416-487-3380 x 139


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