Information related to payments under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) programs, as well as payments made to employers under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), must be reported on the T4 using new information codes.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has announced that all Canadian employers must report certain employment payments related to COVID-19 on the 2020 T4 slip, "Statement of Remuneration Paid,” using new information codes that correlate to defined periods.1 According to the CRA, this additional information is intended to validate payments made to individuals under the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) programs, as well as payments made to employers under the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS).
Employers and payroll administrators will have to adjust their procedures and policies to comply with this new requirement, which could add additional time and administrative burden to their information collecting and reporting obligations.
The T4's new information codes for reporting employment income and retroactive payments to employees relate to the following time periods:
Each period, which aligns with periods relating to COVID-19 benefit eligibility, pertains to the day the employee was paid and not necessarily the period of work the payment covered. For example, if an employer is reporting employment income for the period of April 25 to May 8, payable on May 14, that information would be reported under Code 58.
These new reporting requirements are in addition to the existing requirement to report employment income in Box 14, "Employment Income" or Code 71, "Indian (exempt income) – Employment."
1 See the “CRA and COVID-19: Information for Employers” webpage at: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/campaigns/covid-19-update/support-employers-cra-covid-19.html .
For T4 reporting information from the CRA, see: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/businesses/topics/payroll/completing-filing-information-returns/t4-information-employers.html .
This article is excerpted from “New 2020 T4 Reporting Requirements” (September 1, 2020), in TaxNewsNOW, an online publication of the KPMG International member firm in Canada.
The information contained in this newsletter was submitted by the KPMG International member firm in Canada.
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