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Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

Report CERS on your tax return

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When to report the CERS on your return

The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) is considered government assistance and is taxable, unless you are exempt from income tax. As an entity who received CERS, you must report the subsidy on your income tax or information return for the tax year (fiscal period) in which you are considered to have received it.

The CERS is generally considered to have been received on the last day of the claim period it relates to.

For example, if you applied for and received the rent subsidy for claim period 3 (November 22 to December 19, 2020), we would consider you to have received the amount on December 19, 2020, even if you applied for period 3 in 2021 or received your subsidy amount for period 3 in 2021.

How to report the CERS on your return

How you report the CERS on your tax or information return depends on the type of entity you are.

You may be able to elect to reduce your related rent expenses by the amount of government assistance (CERS) you received. Otherwise, you have to include the assistance in your income.

Corporations

Report the amounts of CERS you received for the tax year on both Schedule 1 of your T2 Corporation Income Tax Return (T2SCH1) and the General Index of Financial Information (GIFI).

On the GIFI, include the CERS you received at line 8242.

On Schedule 1 of your T2 Corporation Income Tax Return (T2SCH1):

  • On line 605, include a short description clearly identifying each COVID-19 subsidy you received
    Example: “CERS $15.5K”
  • On the corresponding line 295, enter “0”
  • If you are a member of a partnership, reflect any CERS amount included in the partnership’s income and allocated to you in the amount you enter on line 129, “Income or loss for tax purposes – partnerships”

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Trusts

Include the total CERS amount you received for the tax year on line 19, “Other income” of your T3 Trust Income Tax and Information Return.

If you are a member of a partnership, you should also enter any CERS amount included in the partnership’s income and allocated to you on line 19.

Related form: T3 Trust Income Tax and Information Return (T3RET)

Partnerships

Report the amounts of CERS the partnership received for the fiscal period on both Schedule 1 of your T5013 (T5013SCH1) and the General Index of Financial Information (GIFI).

On the GIFI, include the CERS the partnership received at line 8242.

On form T5013SCH1, Net Income (Loss) for Income Tax Purposes – Schedule 1:

  • As a member of a partnership, reflect any CERS amount included in the partnership’s income and allocated to you in the amount you enter on line 109, “Income or loss for tax purposes from partnerships”
  • On any of lines 600 to 604, include a short description clearly identifying the total CERS amount the partnership received
    Example: “CERS $15.5K”.
  • On the line 290 to 294 that corresponds to the line used to enter the description, enter “0”

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Unincorporated businesses

If you are an individual who has received a CERS amount as an eligible entity, you will report the total amount you received on the statement of activities form(s) that apply to your situation.

Sole proprietors (unincorporated, self-employed individuals)

Include the total CERS amount you received for the tax year on line 8230, “Other income” of form T2125, Statement of Business or Professional Activities.

Self-employed farmers

Include the total CERS amount you received for the tax year on line 9600, “Other income” of form T2042, Statement of Farming Activities.

Self-employed fishers

Include the total CERS amount you received for the tax year on line 9600, “Other income” of form T2121, Statement of Fishing Activities.

Partners in a partnership

If you are a partner in a partnership that has to file a partnership information return, the CERS amount included in the partnership’s income and allocated to you will be in the amount at box 114 of your T5013, Statement of Partnership Income slip. Include this amount at line 13000 of your T1 Income Tax and Benefit Return.

If you are a partner in a partnership that does not have to file a partnership information return, include the CERS amount on the appropriate line of form T2125, form T2042, or form T2121, whichever applies.

For more information on completing the statement of activities form that applies to you as a partner in a business, farming, or fishing partnership, see guide T4002, Self-employed Business, Professional, Commission, Farming, and Fishing Income.

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Tax-exempt entities

If you are an income tax-exempt entity (such as a registered charity or a non-profit organization) that has received a CERS amount as an eligible entity, you may have to report the total amount you received on the information return (if any) that applies to your situation, even though this amount is not taxable to you.

Registered charities

Use the T3010, Registered Charity Information Return, to report a CERS amount you received as income.

If you are a registered charity that does not have to complete Schedule 6, you can report CERS amounts you received as income by checking “Yes” at line 4565, “Did the charity receive any revenue from any level of government in Canada?” of Section D and including the total CERS amount you received for the fiscal period on line 4570.

Otherwise, include the total CERS amount you received for the tax year on line 4540, “Total revenue received from federal government” of Schedule 6.

Related form: Registered Charity Information Return (T3010)

Registered Canadian amateur athletic association

There is no particular line on form T2052, Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association Information Return, to report the CERS. The financial statements for the fiscal period covered by the return should indicate the different sources of revenue in enough detail to show how funds were spent and invested.

Related form: Registered Canadian Amateur Athletic Association Information Return (T2052)

Other tax-exempt eligible entities

If your organization is required to file the T1044, Non-profit Organization (NPO) Information Return, include the total CERS amount your organization received for the tax year on line 101, “Federal, provincial, and municipal grants and payments” of your NPO Information Return. For more information on whether the organization you represent has to file a NPO Information Return, see guide T4117, Income Tax Guide to the Non-Profit Organization (NPO) Information Return.

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No GST/HST reporting requirements

CERS amounts you received are not considered taxable supplies.

Do not include these amounts on the GST/HST return.

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