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New T4 and T4A Reporting Requirements for Dental Benefits: Let Us Know if You Provide Benefits to Your Employees So We Can Report this on your T4/T4A

As entrepreneurs of family-owned enterprises in Canada, it is imperative to stay abreast of evolving tax regulations to optimize your financial strategies and maintain compliance. The introduction of the Canadian Dental Care Plan marks a significant shift in tax reporting requirements, specifically pertaining to the T4 and T4A slips. This blog post aims to demystify these changes, ensuring you remain informed and ahead in managing your family’s wealth and business interests efficiently.

Understanding the Canadian Dental Care Plan

The Canadian government has launched the Canadian Dental Care Plan to enhance accessibility to dental services for uninsured and low-income Canadians. This initiative targets families with an adjusted net income of less than $90,000, aiming to alleviate the financial burden of dental care for them. For high-net-worth families, understanding the implications of this plan is important, not just for understanding the implications of benefits you receive or provide to your employees, but also for compliance with new reporting mandates.

The New T4 and T4A – Your Reporting Obligations

Starting with the 2023 tax year, there is a pivotal update to the reporting requirements on the T4 Statement of Remuneration Paid and T4A Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income slips. Employers and pension plan administrators must now indicate whether employees or any of their family members were eligible for dental insurance or coverage, including through health spending and wellness accounts, as of December 31st of the reporting year. This eligibility pertains to benefits derived from current or former employment, marking a significant expansion in the scope of information reported.

Compliance is Key: Avoiding Penalties

Compliance with these new reporting requirements is not optional; it is mandatory and will be enforced annually. Failure to accurately report this information can lead to financial penalties, underscoring the importance of meticulous record-keeping and reporting practices. For family-owned enterprises, this means ensuring that your HR and accounting teams are well-versed in these changes and that systems are in place to capture the necessary information throughout the year.

Action Steps for Families with Enterprises

  1. Review Your Coverage: Assess your family and employees’ dental coverage status as of December 31st of the reporting year. This includes all forms of dental benefits, whether through direct insurance or ancillary health accounts.
  2. Update Reporting Processes: Ensure that your payroll and accounting systems are updated to include these new reporting requirements. This might involve software updates or process adjustments.
  3. Educate Your Team: Conduct training sessions for your HR, accounting, and payroll teams to familiarize them with these changes. Understanding the nuances of these requirements is essential for accurate reporting.
  4. Consult with Experts: Engage with your tax accountants and lawyers to ensure your compliance strategy is robust. As tax regulations evolve, having professional guidance is invaluable in navigating these complexities.
  5. Communicate with Employees: Inform your employees about these changes and how they might affect their T4 or T4A slips. Transparency is key to maintaining trust and ensuring that your team understands their own tax obligations.


For high-net-worth families and owners of family-run businesses, the introduction of new T4 and T4A reporting requirements for dental benefits is a call to action. This development not only impacts how you report remuneration but also emphasizes the need for a proactive approach to tax planning and compliance. By understanding these changes, updating your processes, and seeking expert advice, you can ensure that your family and your enterprise remain compliant, avoiding penalties and fostering a culture of informed financial stewardship.

Remember, our ambition is to guide you through the complexities of tax planning and compliance. As you navigate these new requirements, we are here to provide the expertise and support you need to secure your family’s wealth and business legacy.

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Shajani CPA is a CPA Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer firm and provides Accountant, Bookkeeping, Tax Advice and Tax Planning services.

Nizam Shajani, Partner, LLM, CPA, CA, TEP, MBA

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