Slips and COVID-19: CEWS, TWS, PD27, T2200S and T4 Slips (Revised)

The measures introduced by the federal government to support employers during the COVID-19 pandemic require employers to complete new forms and report additional information when filing T4 slips. Here are answers to common questions we’ve received from TaxCycle preparers.

Why can’t I enter more than six Other Information codes on each T4 slip?

The new "Other information" codes 57 through 60 allow you to report employment income and retroactive payments during COVID-19 pay periods. You can automatically add these as Other information for all new T4 slips in the return by answering Yes to the new question on the Info worksheet in TaxCycle T4.

When carrying forward a T4 return from 2019 to 2020, TaxCycle also automatically answers Yes to the question on the Info worksheet. A review message on the same field on the Info worksheet provides a Quick Fix message to Add COVID-19 'Other information' boxes to all existing slips. This allows you to quickly add the boxes to all slips carried forward from the prior year.

Display COVID-19 codes 57 to 60 for all new slips?

The CRA limits the number of Other information codes to six on any T4 slip. For this reason, TaxCycle only allows six rows in the Other Information section of the T4 slips.

If more than six codes apply to the same employee, create an additional T4 slip in TaxCycle. TaxCycle does not create this additional slip automatically. Do not repeat all the data on the additional slip. Enter only the employer’s name and address, and the employee’s SIN and name, and complete the required boxes in the “Other information” area. Report each code, and amount only once. You can enter a note in the Footnote field on the slip to indicate it has two parts.

If a T4 carried forward from 2019 already has other information boxes, TaxCycle will only add as many of the COVID-19 codes as there are available blank rows on that slip. You will need to create a new slip for the excess boxes. Before creating the new slip, we suggest changing the COVID-19 question on the Info worksheet back to No and remove any of the other default additional boxes. Otherwise, you will need to remove those before adding the remaining boxes to the second slip.

Creating a second slip will trigger a review message alerting you to a duplicate social insurance number. Once you verify the data is correct, sign off this review message.

Review message on T4 for duplicate slip

For more information, see the CRA page on Filling out the T4 slip.

Is it okay that the T4 Summary shows a balance owing when an employer claims the Temporary Wage Subsidy (TWS)?

Yes. If an employer claimed the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy (TWS) in 2020 and reduced their remittance amounts as per the program guidelines, the T4 Summary will show a balance owing in the amount of the subsidy. This is how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) expects you to report this amount for 2020 T4 slips. You must also complete and file a PD27. The CRA will use the PD27 information to reconcile the payroll account.

You can also add the amount of TWS in box 82 of the T4 Summary. Boxes 82, 84 (refund) and 86 (balance due) are not transmitted to the CRA when filing the return electronically. These amounts will, however, appear on the client's copy, your office copy, and would be visible to the CRA in the event you paper file the return.

How do I complete a PD27?

Every eligible employer who claimed or intends to claim the Temporary Wage Subsidy (TWS) and/or the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) must complete and file a PD27 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy Self-identification Form for Employers.

Please review the following information carefully to help you correctly complete this form:

  • You can complete the PD27 in TaxCycle T4; you do not need to fill out TaxCycle’s COVIDSubsidy worksheet in order to do this.
  • If an employer has multiple payroll accounts, complete one PD27 for each account.
  • Report payroll information on the form based on when the amount was paid, including any retroactive payments.
  • Do not prorate any pay periods; report the full amount paid if paid in the reporting period.
  • If an employer claimed the CEWS but not the TWS, you must still complete a PD27 for the subsidy period. Clear the check box indicating payroll frequency, then enter one row for the period from March 18 through June 19, 2020. Report $0 and 0% in the wage subsidy claimed columns.
    PD27 form
  • Use the Additional Comments box to indicate how you would like to claim any remaining subsidy (such as refund or transfer to next year’s payroll account).
  • The PD27 is not included when electronic filing the T4 slips and summary. File this form either by uploading it through Represent a Client, or by printing and sending it to the CRA by fax or mail.

Refer to the CRA’s 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers page for full details, along with definitions of eligible income and examples.

When and how do I complete a T2200S for an employee?

You need only complete a T2200S Declaration of Conditions of Employment for Working at Home Due to COVID-19 if an employee intends to use the detailed calculation for employment-related expenses on the T777S when filing their T1 return.

Preparing T4 slips

  1. When preparing your T4 slips, answer Yes to the related question on the Info worksheet to automatically create a T2200S for each new T4 slip you add in your file.
  2. For slips carried forward from the prior year, answer Yes to the question on the employee’s T4 slip.
  3. TaxCycle automatically creates a copy of the T2200S for employees with this option selected. Review and complete each form.

For details on calculation options for home office expenses, qualification criteria and an online calculator, see the CRA’s Home office expenses for employees page.

Screen Capture: Creating a T2200S