Unclaimed amounts: Dividends or interest

We use the term unclaimed dividends or unclaimed interest to refer to dividends or interest you receive in a year for another person (the beneficial owner) who remains unknown at the end of the next year.

Remittances

If you received any of these unclaimed amounts, you have to deduct a specified percentage as tax payable by that beneficial owner. Send the tax you withhold, along with a statement showing the period covered, the gross income amount, and the amount of tax you deducted to your tax centre, no later than 60 days after the end of the next year (due date). Send the payment and statement separately from any T5 information returns you are filing.

Tax payable on unclaimed amounts
Type of unclaimed amount Percentage to be withheld and remitted Remitting method
Dividend 33.3333% Statement
Interest 50% Statement

We charge interest, compounded daily at the prescribed rate, on amounts you deduct but do not send us before the due date. We will charge interest from the date the remittance is due to the actual date you remit the amounts you deducted. Both the interest charges and the tax you deduct are payable to the receiver general.

A penalty applies if you do not remit tax withheld. The penalty is 10% of the amount you withheld but did not remit. If we have assessed this penalty, and then for a second time in the same calendar year you do not remit tax knowingly or under circumstances amounting to gross negligence, you could be subject to a penalty of 20% of the amount you withheld but did not remit.

Note

You do not have to withhold and remit tax for unclaimed amounts you included in your income for the current or any previous year, or on which you withheld and remitted tax in a previous year.

Reporting requirements

You have to follow special procedures to report unclaimed amounts you held and later paid out to the rightful owner. An owner who is a resident of Canada must report the gross amount of dividends or interest for the year during which you originally received the amount.

You have to prepare a separate Form T5, Statement of Investment Income (slip) and Form T5SUM, Return of Investment Income stating the amount you received for the recipient, the year in which you received the amount, and the amount of tax you remitted on it.

If you pay unclaimed amounts you received in different calendar years to the same claimant in the same year, make sure you prepare separate T5 slips and T5 Summary forms for each calendar year in which you actually received the amounts. The calendar year on each T5 slip you issue must be the calendar year in which you received the amount, not the year you paid it to its rightful owner.

Prepare a T5 slip for the previously unclaimed amount in all cases, regardless of the amount of income.

When completing the T5 slip, enter the year you made the payment and the amount of tax you deducted in the space directly below the recipient's name and address. Identify the T5 slip with the words "UNCLAIMED DIVIDEND ACCOUNT" or "UNCLAIMED INTEREST ACCOUNT" directly below the area for your name and address.  Also enter the name of the person paying the amount, if different from that of the filer, directly below this description (see an example of a T5 slip).

A separate T5 Summary has to accompany these T5 slips. Identify the T5 Summary by entering either "UNCLAIMED DIVIDEND ACCOUNT" or "UNCLAIMED INTEREST ACCOUNT" on the second line provided for the name and address of the filer or nominee.

Note

Submissions for unclaimed dividends and unclaimed interest must be filed on paper.

To calculate the federal dividend tax credit on unclaimed dividends later paid out, use the rate in effect for the calendar year in which you received the dividends.

Federal dividend tax credit on unclaimed amounts on unclaimed eligible dividends
Eligible dividends received in The dividend tax credit percentage of the taxable amount Taxable gross-up amount
2006 to 2009 18.9655% 45%
2010 17.9739% 44%
2011 16.4354% 41%
2012 and later years 15.0198% 38%
Federal dividend tax credit on unclaimed non-eligible dividends
Non-eligible dividends received in The dividend tax credit percentage of the taxable amount Taxable gross-up amount
2009 to 2013 13.3333% 25%
2014 to 2015 11.0169% 18%
2016 to 2017 10.5217% 17%
2018 10.0313% 16%

For more information, see Information Circular IC-71-9R, Unclaimed Dividends.

If unclaimed interest or dividends received in 1987 or previous years are eligible for the interest and dividend income deduction, indicate this on the T5 slip.

Example

Over a period of several years, Agents Inc. (Agents) received dividend payments from XYZ Company Limited (XYZ), a Canadian public corporation subject to the general corporate income tax rate. Some of the dividends were on shares held by Agents for an unidentified shareholder. The dates and amounts appear in columns A and B of the table.

These amounts represent unclaimed dividends. They remained unclaimed on April 30, Agents' next fiscal year end. Before the due date (no later than 60 days after the year-end following the year in which the amounts are received), Agents deducted 33.3333% of the dividend amount ( as shown in column D) and sent it to us.

On June 7, 2017, Mr. Albert Chang advised Agents that he had inherited some stock in XYZ and was expecting dividends totalling $3,000.

Agents paid Mr. Chang $2,667 (as shown in column E); the amount remaining after the unclaimed dividend tax was remitted. Agents gave him separate T5 slips for 2015 and 2016 showing the actual amounts in column B.The T5 for 2017 will be issued on or before the last day of
February 2018.

The $333.33 tax remitted is available as a credit to Mr. Chang for the 2017 tax year when he files his income tax and benefit return.

Tax remitted on dividends
A - Date dividend received by Agents B - Dividend amount C - Deadline for remitting tax on unclaimed amount D - Amount of tax remitted by agents E - Available for Mr. Chang
March 6, 2015 $1,000 June 29, 2015 $333 $667
April 28, 2016 $1,000 June 29, 2016Note en bas de page 1 N/A $1,000Note en bas de page 1
May 27, 2017 $1,000 N/ANote en bas de page 1 N/A $1,000Note en bas de page 1
Totals $3,000   $333 $2,667

 

Unclaimed dividends later paid out – See the completed T5 slip for the 2014 dividends.

Unclaimed dividends later paid out – See the completed T5 slip for the 2015 dividends.

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