Counselling services

The fees you pay to provide services such as financial counselling or income tax preparation for an employee are usually considered a taxable benefit.

Employee counselling services are not taxable if they are for one of the following:

  • an employee's re-employment
  • an employee's retirement
  • an employee's mental or physical health (such as counselling for tobacco, drug, or alcohol abuse, stress management or employee assistance programs) or that of a person related to an employee

Note

This does not include amounts for using recreational or sporting facilities and club dues.

Include any GST/HST that applies in the value of this benefit.

Payroll deductions

If the benefit is taxable, it is also pensionable. Deduct income tax and CPP contributions. If the taxable benefit is paid in cash, it is insurable. Deduct EI premiums. If it is a non cash benefit, it is not insurable. Do not deduct EI premiums.

Reporting the benefit

If the counselling service is taxable, report the benefit in box 14 "Employment income" and in the "Other information" area under code 40 at the bottom of the T4 slip. For more information, see T4 – Information for employers.

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