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Payroll Planning

The last payroll remittances for the 2017 calendar year are due on your next payroll remittance date. For many of you that will be January 15th. This is a good time to do some tax planning around payroll.

If you have your own corporation and are taking a salary each month, you would have made source deductions or payroll remittances each month. This included remittances for yourself and any employees for your corporation and includes the following:

  • Federal and provincial income tax
  • Canada Pension Plan (CPP)
  • Employment Insurance (EI) for your staff

These deductions are required to be made by the employer for payments of salary, wages, commissions, taxable benefits and pension income. Remittances include both the withholdings from employees as well as the employer’s portion of the amounts owed. Timely payment should be considered to avoid costly penalties and interest.

Planning considerations may include anticipated income in 2018 in comparison to your 2017 income. If you anticipate to earn more next year, you may consider taking a higher income for 2017 to maximise the lower tax brackets over the two year period.

As you consider the amount to include in your final payroll remittance for 2017 – you should also consider setting up a payroll schedule for 2018. This may include a closer look at the new tax brackets for the 2018 year.

Other considerations include:

  • Maximum RRSP Contributions in 2017 is 18% or earned income up to $26,010 ($145,500)
  • Maximum CPP Contributions in 2017 is 4.95% for employees and 9.90% for self-employed – (total $2,564 for employees and $5,128 for self-employed) maxed out at income of $55,300.

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This information is for discussion purposes only and should not be considered professional advice. There is no guarantee or warrant of information on this site and it should be noted that rules and laws change regularly. You should consult a professional before considering implementing or taking any action based on information on this site. Call our team for a consultation before taking any action.

Nizam Shajani

Nizam Shajani

I enjoy formulating plans that help my clients meet their objectives. It's this sense of pride in service that facilitates client success which forms the culture of Shajani LLP.

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