T4 2020 Preparation with CEWS and TWS

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)/Temporary Wage Subsidy(TWS)/T4 Preparation

As you are aware, there are many benefits that have been available to employers over the past several months. Some of these benefits will affect the way that T4s are prepared in 2020.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
This benefit assisted employers who had a drop in revenue during the year and could apply to CRA to have a percentage of their wages reimbursed to them. This benefit requires a separate application form to CRA and will not affect the way that T4s are prepared.

The deadline to file the reports is nearing if employers have not yet filed the application. For Claim Periods 1-5 (based on March – July 2020 revenue), the deadline is January 31, 2021. Starting with Claim Period 6, the deadline is 180 days after the ending date for the application period. Period 6 covered the time from August 1-29, 2020, so the application deadline will be February 25, 2021.

Temporary Wage Subsidy (10%)
The temporary wage subsidy is a benefit, that from March 18 – June 19, 2020, reimburses you up to 10% of the remuneration you pay up to $1,375 per eligible employee. The maximum total for each employer is $25,000. This subsidy could be reduced from source deductions remitted to the government or it could be carried forward to use on future payments.

In order to reconcile the amount that was reduced for the TWS, CRA is requiring that all employers fill out a PD27 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy Self-identification Form for Employers. This form is required to be filled out by all employers who claimed either CEWS or TWS. If you claimed CEWS, but not TWS, the form needs to be filled out with a claim of 0%.

The PD27 form can be found on CRA’s website and can either be mailed to CRA or uploaded through My Business Account or Represent a Client.

T4 Preparation
While preparing the T4s for 2020, please note that there are four new boxes that need to be filled out for all employees, regardless of whether any COVID subsidies were applied for. Gross income should still be entered in Box 14 as usual, but in addition, the following boxes need to be reported to CRA:

  • Code 57 – Employment income – March 15 – May 9
  • Code 58 – Employment income – May 10 – July 4
  • Code 59 – Employment income – July 5 – August 29
  • Code 60 – Employment income – August 30 – September 26

The amounts reported in these boxes are based on dates paid, not when the money was earned. Therefore, if an employee earned wages from August 23-29 that were paid on September 4, the amount would be reported under Code 60.

 

We hope this information helps and feel free to contact our staff if you have any questions as always.

Update to the CRA Tax Filing Deadline

The CRA has provided some additional guidance regarding the personal tax filing deadline.

As previously announced, individuals who previously had a personal income tax filing deadline of April 30, 2020 has had their deadline extended until June 1, 2020. Penalties and interest will not be charged if payments are made by the extended deadline of September 1, 2020.

It is important to note that if you or your spouse are self-employed, you still have until June 15, 2020 to file your taxes. In both of these situations your payment deadline has been extended to September 1, 2020.

This payment extension also applies to installments typically due June 15, 2020, and no interest or penalties will be charged for this payment if it is made before the extended deadline of September 1, 2020.

It is still recommended that individuals file their personal tax return even though there will be no interest or penalties for late filing as it could impact your credit payments including the GST credit. You will still continue to receive payments based off of your 2018 return, but to ensure that you will receive the right amounts it is important to file by the deadline. This also applies if you are entitled to a refund, filing on time will ensure that you get your refund as soon as possible.

 

For more information please see the CRA website for updated information and additional news: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/newsroom/tax-tips/tax-tips-2020/filing-2019-taxes-covid19-crisis.html?utm_source=mediaroom&utm_medium=eml

Registering for CRA My Business Account and Calculating your CEWS Amount

Are you planning on applying for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) but are unsure how to get access to your CRA My Business Account? The CRA has prepared a short video to help walk business owners through the process of registering for your account.

Please follow the link below to watch the video: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/news/cra-multimedia-library/businesses-video-gallery/register-mybusiness-account.html

If you want to get some additional information including calculating your subsidy amount, please go to the CRA website: https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/subsidy/emergency-wage-subsidy/cews-calculate-subsidy-amount.html#h-1

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Canadians

Since the beginning of March, restrictions and measures related to COVID-19 have rapidly escalated. On March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced a series of measures designed to support the finances of individuals, businesses, charities, and non-profit organizations

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Canadians:

Businesses

Individuals

Other Filings and Administration

Future Changes

APPENDIX 1
Federal Government Financial Relief Measures Related to COVID-19

APPENDIX 2
Tax Deadlines & Payments – Summary of Extensions* (as of April 8th, 2020)

COVID-19 Financial Relief for Canadians April 8 2020

New COVID-19 Updates from the CRA

As part of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan the CRA has extended a number of income tax filing and payment dates to help Canadians during this difficult time.
Some key highlights include:
• Interest and penalties will not be charged if deferred payments are made by September 1, 2020
• Individual filing date extended until June 1, 2020
• All Corporations with a filing date after March 18, 2020 and June 1, 2020 has been extended to June 1, 2020
• Trusts with a year end date of December 31, 2019 have a filing date extension to May 1, 2020
• Trusts with typical due dates in April or May have been extended until June 1, 2020

For additional information on these and other filing and payment extensions please see the CRA website:

www.canada.ca

CPA Canada Has The News!

Do you feel like there are constant updates and announcements from the Government?
Wanting to know more about how the tax deadlines have changed and what that means to you?
Are you looking for some resources related to working at home for the first time?
Don’t worry because CPA Canada has been working to compile resources for CPAs during the COVID-19 situation!

These resources can help provide valuable resources for both professionals as well as our clients in staying up to date with all of new and changing information.
We recommend that you take a look at the CPA Canada website for updates and additional information.