Schedule 8: Contributions to the CPP or QPP

The Schedule 8 form is used to:

  • calculate the amount of Canada Pension Plan (CPP) or Québec Pension Plan (QPP) contributions you might need to make on your employment income
  • calculate the CPP or QPP contributions you must make on your self-employment income
  • elect to stop or restart paying CPP (if you are between 65-70 years old)

Note: H&R Block’s tax software automatically calculates your CPP or QPP contributions for self-employment, business, or professional income.

If you’re employed, Schedule 8 can also be used to increase your CPP or QPP contributions based on your employment income. This might be a good idea if:

  • You want to include certain types of income not shown on your T4 (e.g. tips) or
  • You work two jobs (or more) and the amount of CPP/QPP being withheld is too low

Can I choose not to contribute to CPP?

Yes. If you’re a working beneficiary, and if you earned employment income, self-employment income, or both, you can choose to stop contributing to the CPP. You’ll need to complete Schedule 8 and meet these additional requirements:  

Note: Your decision to stop contributing to the CPP will remain in place until you turn 70 or until you complete another CPT30 form, this time indicating that you’d like to resume making contributions.

 Can I choose not to contribute to QPP?

No. All residents of Québec must contribute to the QPP. You can, however, complete Schedule 8 if you’d like to have additional QPP contribution amounts withheld at source, as described above.

When will my decision to stop contributing to the CPP take effect?

According to the CRA, your election to stop CPP contributions will take effect on the first day of the month, following the date you gave a completed copy of the CPT30 form to your employer.

For example, if you gave the CPT30 form to your employer on June 22, 2018, your CPP contributions will stop on July 1, 2018.

If you’re aren’t a resident of Québec: your CPP contributions will stop on the first day of the month after you submit form CPT30 on both your employment income and self-employment income, earned outside of Québec.

If you are a resident of Québec: your CPP contributions will stop on the first day of the month after you submit form CPT30 on your employment income earned outside of Québec only (not on your employment income earned inside Québec).

Where do I enter this?

Follow these steps in H&R Block’s 2018 tax software:

  1. Under the PREPARE tab, click the OTHER icon.  You will find yourself here:

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  2. Under the OTHER SITUATIONS heading, click the checkbox labelled Contributions to the CPP or QPP (Schedule 8) then click Continue.

  3. When you arrive at the Contributions to the CPP or QPP page, enter your information into the tax software.
Note: If you want to stop or restart your CPP contributions, make sure you’ve told us that you are between 65 and 70 years of age on the ABOUT YOU page of the GET STARTED tab.

Where can I learn more?

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