The CRA has introduced several Canada labor law updates. The most notable changes pertain to employer reporting and travel allowance taxable amounts.
Canada mandates additional T4 slip reporting requirements for employers
According to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), all employers are now required to comply with additional Statement of Remuneration Slip reporting requirements for the 2020 tax year, to assist in verifying payments. Employers are not obliged to refile slips if they have already filed a 2020 T4 slip and summary.
Employers are also now required to use new information codes on employment income reports and backdated payments that fall within the intervals below:
- Code 57: Employment income – Between March 15 and May 9
- Code 58: Employment income – Between May 10 and July 4
- Code 59: Employment income – Between July 5 and August 29
- Code 60: Employment income – Between August 30 and September 26
Additional reporting requirements will implemented for all employers; these must be completed by the specified dates.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) imposes an increase in the taxable amount for overtime meal
The overtime meal rate has been increased by the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”), from CAD 17 to CAD 23. The CRA has also raised the rate per meal for employees in the transportation industry, and for other employees who are entitled to claim meal expenses. The rate for this has also been increased from CAD 17 to CAD 23. Both have been set into place as of January 1, 2020.
In relevant cases, employers must be attentive when reporting meals and allowances on employees’ T4 slip, as some will be directly affected by the new increase in the taxable amount.
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