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T4 Slips – Requirements and Timing

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What are T4 slips? 

A T4 slip is also known as the Statement of Remuneration Paid in Canada. A T4 slip is used to record every dollar that an employer gives to an employee in a certain calendar year.

The T4 slip does not include details regarding how much income you earn, but it does carry information related to Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and tax paid for the year. Any mandatory deductions made by your employers, such as income tax or employment insurance premiums, will also be displayed on your T4 slip. If you work more than one job, each employer should provide you with a separate T4 form. 

Who will obtain T4 slips, and how will you acquire one?

If you work for a Canadian business, you’ll get a T4 slip. It is needed if you want to file your taxes. A duplicate of the T4 slip will also be forwarded by the company you work for to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). 

Acquiring a T4 slip is a very uncomplicated process. Most companies will provide you with a T4 slip. You could receive a physical copy in person or by mail, or you might receive a digital copy via email or your employer’s online payment gateway. T4 slips for the prior tax year must be sent by employers by the end of February.

What does a T4 slip represent?

A T4 slip is quite simple to understand because all the information is entered below and marked with their respective names.

The following are the key T4 slip’s important requirements, or what T4 represents:

 Your Social Insurance Number (SIN).

The amount you paid into the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

The amount paid into Employment Insurance (EI)

The amount of income tax deducted from your paychecks

Your employment income; salary earned before you pay any taxes.

You could also be required to check for things like union dues, charitable contributions, public transportation passes, and employee-paid health plan premiums, depending on your employment. When filing your taxes, you may usually write this off as an expense.

T4 slips requirement and timing in Canada.

The 2022 T4 will be used to record any salaries paid in January 2022 that were earned in December 20220 rather than the 2021 T4. The majority of employees won’t be impacted by employee trusts, which is one exception to this rule. Employee trust revenue is reported on a T4 for the period in which the trustee allocated the income to beneficiaries, not for the period in which any payments to beneficiaries were made.

According to the Income Tax Act, “a taxpayer’s income for a taxation year from an office or employment is the salary, wages, and other remuneration, including gratuities, received by the taxpayer in the year.”

The last Friday of February is the deadline for submitting all T4 requirements and supporting documentation; if this day occurs on a weekend, it will be handled the next working day.

Timing for T4 and T4A Slips and Returns

T4 and T4A returns must be submitted on or before the last day of February following the calendar year to which the slips apply. T4 and T4A slips must be issued by this date. The tax slips and returns are regarded as timely if they are postmarked on the next business day if the final day of February falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or a public holiday.

Conclusion 

In this blog, we have touched on the concept of T4 slip requirements and timing. So the important takeaways from this topic are that a T4 slip is also known as the Statement of Remuneration Paid in Canada. It is used to record every dollar an employer gives to an employee in a certain calendar year. T4 slips for the prior tax year must be sent by employers by the end of February. Timing for T4 and T4A returns must be submitted on or before the last day of February following the calendar year to which the slips apply. The majority of employees won’t be impacted by an employee trust. Employee trust revenue is reported on a T4 for the period in which the trustee allocated the income to beneficiaries.

Salman Rundhawa
Salman Rundhawa
Salman Rundhawa is the founder of Filing Taxes. Salman provides valuable tax planning, accounting, and income tax preparation services in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, and Hamilton.

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