TAXABLE BENEFITS IN BRIEF
Vol. IV No. 52 • January 25, 2013
This issue of Tax Target will serve as a reminder of certain, often forgotten,
details regarding the preparation of T4 and Relevé 1 forms.
Automobile benefits are the total of the stand-by charge and the operating benefit.
1. Stand-by Charge
2. Operating Expense Benefit
- $0.26 per personal kilometer
- Option available to calculate as 1/2 of stand-by charge if:
- If stand-by charge and operating benefit calculated as above, GST
and QST are already included in benefit for a Quebec employee.
- GST to be remitted to government in report, which includes
February 28, 2013, is calculated as follows:
› Stand-by charge = 4/104 x stand-by charge
- QST to be remitted to government with the return that includes February 28, 2015 is calculated as follows:
- Please note that QST must be remitted by businesses, which were considered to be small and medium-sized under the QST system, only if these businesses were small and medium-sized throughout the previous taxation year. QST is not required to be remitted by a large business. A large business is defined as a business where the value of taxable supplies, other than supplies of financial services, made in Canada by the registrant, and by any person with whom it is associated, exceeds $10 million during its last taxation year.
LOGBOOK FOR EMPLOYEES WHO USE AN AUTOMOBILE MADE AVAILABLE BY THE EMPLOYER
For Quebec, an employee who uses an automobile made available by his employer must remit to him, before January 10 of the following year (or ten days after the end of the period the automobile was made available to the employee),a copy of the logbook for the year.
This logbook must indicate, on a daily basis, the number of kilometrestravelled in the course of the individual’s office or employment. Therefore, the employee must specify the point of departure and the destination where he is travelling for business purposes and the number of kilometres.
At the end of each week or month, the logbook must indicate the number of kilometres driven for personal use, which is determined by the difference between the total distance driven and the distance travelled for business purposes.
Note that the distance travelled between home and the employer’s office is considered to be personal use.
The EMPLOYEE is subject to a penalty of $200 if the logbook is not given to the employer.
The employer will use this logbook to calculate the employee automobile benefits.
For Non-Quebec Residents
For Federal purposes, the government has established the guidelines to document the use of a vehicle in 2010 and beyond. However, because the Quebec Government has not adopted the Federal guidelines, they are irrelevant for a Quebec resident. For taxpayers residing outside of Quebec, we are referring you to the document Documenting the use of a vehicle available on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website at www.cra-arc.gc.ca/whtsnw/lgbk-eng.html
2012 PRESCRIBED RATES FOR LOW-INTEREST
OR NO-INTEREST LOANS
|January 1 - March 31:||1%|
|April 1 - June 30:||1%|
|July 1 - September 30:||1%|
|October 1 -December 31:||1%|
- The above rates are applicable for both Federal and Quebec reporting.
- No GST and QST is added to taxable benefits on low-interest or no-interest loans.
- The prescribed rate used to calculate taxable benefits on home purchase loans does not exceed the prescribed rate in effect when the loan was granted. This interest rate is a maximum rate (ceiling) for a five-year period.
- Reported on T4 not T4A (and Relevé 1)
- Subject to QPP, QPIP and HSF
- Not subject to EI or CNT
The matters highlighted in this tax memo are presented in broad general terms and, of course, cannot be applied without consideration of all circumstances. The firm will be pleased to discuss with recipients the possible effects of these matters in specific situations.