If you were employed during the year, you’ll receive a T4: Statement of Remuneration Paid slip from your employer. This slip shows the income you earned in the year as well as any deductions (such as federal and provincial income tax, CPP and EI contributions, union dues, etc.).
If you worked at more than one job, you’ll receive a separate T4 from each of your employers. If you worked in multiple provinces, you’ll get a separate T4 for each province.
Note: Employers can send current and active employees their T4 slips electronically without obtaining prior consent from them.
Which amounts are included in my employment income?
Box 14 of your T4 slip is your employment income for the year. This can include any of the following amounts paid to you by your employer:
- Salary or wages
- Vacation pay
- Tips and gratuities
- Taxable benefits or allowances (such as board and lodging, employment commissions, etc.)
- Management fees
- Payments out of an employee benefit plan
Note: This isn’t a complete list. For more information, refer to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website.
I am a Québec resident; do I need to enter my T4 slip into the software?
Yes. If you’re a resident of Québec, you’ll not only get a federal T4 slip from your employer but also an RL-1: Employment and other income slip that reports your Québec-based income as well as any amounts deducted from that income. You’ll need to enter the information from your T4 and RL-1 slips into H&R Block’s 2018 tax software to correctly calculate your tax payable or refund.
You’ll receive a separate T4 and RL-1 slip from each Québec-based employer you had during the year.
The amounts on my T4 and RL-1 slip are different
Since federal and Québec income taxes are calculated differently, certain amounts on your T4 and RL-1 slips might not be the same. For example, employer contributions to private health insurance plans are considered taxable income in Québec and are included in the employment income amount on the RL-1 slip. That is not the case federally. Be sure to enter amounts from both your T4 and RL-1 slips into H&R Block’s tax software to correctly calculate your tax payable or refund.
I have an amount in box 52 of my T4 slip – what are the tax implications?
If you have an amount showing in box 52 (pension adjustment) of your T4 slip, it won’t affect your refund amount or tax owing, but it will reduce your RRSP deduction limit for the following year.
Your T4 will contain a pension adjustment amount in box 52 if you belong to a company-sponsored registered pension plan (RPP) or to a deferred profit-sharing plan (DPSP). A pension adjustment helps to even the playing field between employees who belong to an employer-sponsored plan and those who don’t.
Let’s take a look at an example for two taxpayers who both earned $50,000 in 2017.
Jason doesn’t belong to an RPP. Given his income in 2017, he’s entitled to contribute $9,000 to his RRSP in 2018 ($50,000 x 18%).
Natalie belongs to an employer-sponsored plan. During 2017, her employer made regular contributions to the registered pension plan on her behalf for a total amount of $1,250. This means her T4 will show a pension adjustment amount of $1,250 and she’ll be entitled to contribute $7,750 to her RRSP in 2018 [($50,000 x 18%) - $1,250].
When I NETFILE my return, do I have to send a copy of my T4 to the CRA?
No. When you NETFILE your taxes, you don’t need to send any slips (or copies of slips) to the CRA or Revenu Québec. You should, however, hang on to these documents and other tax-related information for at least six years after you file, in case either agency asks to see them.
I haven’t received a T4 slip from my employer
If you haven’t received a T4 slip from your employer or have misplaced the one you did receive, you can ask your employer to provide another copy to you. You can also log into the CRA’s My Account service (registration required) to download or print a copy of your T4 slip(s).
Where do I enter this?
Follow these steps in H&R Block’s 2018 tax software:
- Under the QUICK ENTRY tab, click the QUICK SLIP icon. You'll find yourself here:
- Enter T4 in the search field then click the highlighted selection or press Enter to continue.
- When you arrive at the page for your T4, enter your information into the tax software.
Note: If you also received an RL-1 slip from your employer(s), follow the steps above to enter your information into the tax software.