Uniforms and protective clothing

Your employee does not receive a taxable benefit if either of the following conditions apply:

If you reimburse or pay an accountable advance to your employee to buy uniforms or protective clothing and require receipts to support the purchases, the reimbursement or accountable advance is not a taxable benefit if:  

If you pay an allowance to your employee for the cost of protective clothing and did not require receipts to support the purchases, the allowance is not a taxable benefit if all of the following conditions apply:

You may pay a laundry or dry cleaner to clean uniforms and protective clothing for your employee or you may pay a reasonable allowance to your employee (when they do not have to provide a receipt). You may also reimburse the employee for these expenses when they present a receipt. If you do either of these, the amounts you pay are not taxable benefits for the employee.

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

Payroll deductions

Where 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

Report the taxable 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 slip.

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