T4008-BC Payroll Deductions Supplementary Tables - British Columbia - Effective July 1, 2020
This guide uses plain language to explain the most common tax situations. If you need more help, contact your tax services office.
You must look up amount in two tax deductions tables – a federal table and a provincial table.
This guide is a supplement to the guide T4032, Payroll Deductions Tables. If you need more information, see the Payroll Deductions Tables for your province or territory.
What’s new as of July 1, 2020
The major changes to this guide since the last edition are outlined.
This guide reflects some income tax changes recently announced which, if enacted as proposed, would be effective July 1, 2020.
At the time of publishing, some of these proposed changes were not law. We recommend that you use the new payroll deductions tables in this guide for withholding starting with the first payroll in July 1, 2020.
The British Columbia budget, delivered on February 18, 2020, announced changes for the 2020 taxation year.
For 2020 and subsequent years, a new top marginal rate of 20.5% is introduced for British Columbia tax filers with incomes over $220, 000. The new bracket will be indexed starting in 2021.
This new tax bracket is effective January 1, 2020, since employees have been taxed at different rates for the first six months of the year, a prorated tax rate will apply for the remaining six months.
The prorated rate for July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 will be 24.2% for income greater than $220,000.
Given the current situation with COVID-19 pandemic we understand that employers are facing unique challenges. For the remainder of 2020 the CRA will expect this change to be implemented on a best efforts basis.
Payroll Deductions Tables
You can download Guides T4008, Payroll Deductions Supplementary Tables, and T4032, Payroll Deductions Tables, from our website at canada.ca/payroll. You can also choose to print only the pages or information that you need.
Payroll Deductions Online Calculator
For your 2020 payroll deductions, you can use our Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC). This online calculator makes it easier to calculate payroll deductions. PDOC is available at canada.ca/pdoc.
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Payroll Deductions Tables (T4032)
Effective with the January 1, 2017 edition, the Canada Revenue Agency is no longer publishing the paper and CD versions of the Guide T4032, Payroll Deduction Tables. The digital versions of the guides continue to be available on our website at canada.ca/payroll.
This guide is a supplement to the Guide T4032, Payroll Deductions Tables. See the Payroll Deductions Tables for your province or territory if you need more information about:
- what’s new for July 1, 2020
- how to calculate tax deductions when you cannot use the tables
- how to deduct income tax, Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions, and Employment Insurance (EI) premiums and
- the payroll deductions required for pay periods other than those included in this guide
For information on deducting, remitting, and reporting payroll deductions, go to the following employers’ guides:
- T4001, Employers’ Guide – Payroll Deductions and Remittances
- T4130, Employers’ Guide – Taxable Benefits and Allowances
- RC4110, Employee or Self-employed?
- RC4120, Employers’ Guide – Filing the T4 Slip and Summary
- RC4157, Deducting Income Tax on Pension and Other Income, and Filing the T4A Slip and Summary
You can download and print a copy of the above noted guides. Our guides are available from our webpage at canada.ca/payroll . You can also use the Payroll Deductions Online Calculator free of charge.
You may also want to refer to the 2019 edition of this guide until the end of 2020 to resolve any pensionable and insurable earnings review (PIER) deficiencies that may arise after we have processed your 2019 T4 return.
You may have to ask your employees or your pensioners to complete a federal and a provincial personal tax credits return using a federal Form TD1 and a provincial Form TD1.
The total personal amount an employee claims on a TD1 form will determine which claim code you use. The claim amounts that correspond to the federal claim codes are not the same as the claim amounts that correspond to the provincial claim codes. Go to Chart 1 and Chart 2.
The claim codes and corresponding amounts do not appear on either the federal or the provincial TD1 form.
Explanation of claim codes
Claim code 0
This code represents no claim amount. If the federal claim code is “0” because the employee is a non-resident, the provincial claim code must also be “0.” This code may also be used if the employee indicated they have more than one employer or payer at the same time and have entered “0” on the front page of Form TD1 for 2020.
Claim codes 1 to 10
You match the total claim amount reported on your employee’s or pensioner’s TD1 forms with the appropriate claim codes. Then, you look up the tax for the employee’s pay under the claim code in the federal and provincial tax tables for the pay period.
Indexing of federal claim codes amounts
The credits that apply to each federal and provincial claim code have been automatically changed in the tax tables by the indexing factor for the current year. If your employee did not complete the federal and provincial TD1 forms for 2020, you continue to deduct income tax using the same claim code that you used last year.
Chart 1 – 2020 Federal claim codes
Due to the December 9, 2019 announcement, legislative changes to the Federal Basic Personal Amount, the Claim Code Chart cannot be produced with ranges, as was previously done. Accordingly, the Federal Claim Code Chart will not be produced with this edition
Chart 2 – 2020 British Columbia claim codes
|Total claim amount ($)||Claim code|
|No claim amount||0|
|10,949.01 to 13,413.00||2|
|13,413.01 to 15,877.00||3|
|15,877.01 to 18,341.00||4|
|18,341.01 to 20,805.00||5|
|20,805.01 to 23,269.00||6|
|23,269.01 to 25,733.00||7|
|25,733.01 to 28,197.00||8|
|28,197.01 to 30,661.00||9|
|30,661.01 to 33,125.00||10|
|33,125.01 and over||X
The employer has to calculate the tax manually.
Employment income from all sources
On the federal and provincial TD1 forms, under the heading “Income from other employers or payers,” employees can indicate that their expected employment income from all sources will be less than their total claim amount. If an employee states that his or her total expected income will be less than the “Total claim amount” of the TD1 forms, do not deduct any federal or provincial tax.
However, as an employer, if you know that this statement is false, you must deduct federal and provincial tax from the salary. Deduct tax according to the claim code that applies to the “Total claim amount” of the TD1 forms.
It is a serious offence to knowingly accept a Form TD1 that contains false or deceptive statements. If you are not sure a statement is true, contact your tax services office for advice.
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