Prescribed salary deferral plans or arrangements

A salary deferral is a plan or arrangement made between an employee and an employer. Under such an arrangement, an employee postpones receiving salary and wages to a later year. The amount postponed is called the "deferred amount."

Prescribed plans or arrangements

Salary and wages that are deferred under prescribed plans or arrangements are not covered by the rules applicable to salary deferral arrangements other than prescribed plans.

Treat the deferred amounts in these cases as employment income in the year in which the employee receives them. Report it on the employee's T4 slip for the year it is received. For more information on how to complete a T4 slip, go to Filling out the T4 slip.

To find out how to report pension adjustments under these circumstances, see Guide T4084, Pension Adjustment Guide.

If you have employees who participate in a prescribed plan, deduct Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions, employment insurance (EI) premiums, and income tax in the following way.

Note

You have to deduct both CPP and EI from the interest income earned under these plans or arrangements.

CPP contributions

Deduct CPP contributions from both of the following:

  • the participant's net salary (the salary minus the deferred amounts) while the person is working
  • the deferred amounts when you pay them to the participant during the leave period

EI premiums

Deduct EI premiums from the participant's gross salary (including deferred amounts) while the person is working. Do not deduct more than the yearly maximum.

Do not deduct EI premiums when you pay these to the participant during the leave period.

Box 24 – EI insurable earnings – Enter the amount of insurable earnings on which you calculated the employee's EI premiums.

The EI premium for this income is based on the gross amount, while the amount reported in box 14 is the net amount. The insurable earnings cannot be the same as the amount in box 14.

Income tax

Deduct income tax from both of the following amounts:

  • the participant's net salary (the salary minus the deferred amounts) while the person is working
  • the deferred amounts when you pay them to the participant during the leave period

The interest income and other amounts earned by the deferred amount are employment income paid to the participant and must be reported in box 14 on the T4 slip.

Withdrawal from the prescribed plan

When a participant withdraws from the plan because they cease to be employed, you have to consider the withdrawal as employment income. Deduct CPP contributions and income tax, but not EI premiums.

Note

Custodians and trustees who administer a prescribed plans have the same responsibilities as an employer for deducting and remitting deductions, and reporting the income and the deductions.

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