Tax Tip: Does your business have employees aged 60 to 70?
This guest blog post is provided by the Canada Revenue Agency, which administers tax laws and delivers social and economic benefit and incentive programs.
Did you know?
Changes to the way you deduct Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions for your employees aged 60 to 70 came into effect in January 2012.
Employees working in Quebec and other workers not subject to the CPP are not affected by these changes.
CPP deductions for employees aged 60 to 70
- You have to deduct CPP contributions for all employees who are 60 to 65 years of age — even if the employee is receiving a CPP or Quebec Pension Plan (QPP) retirement pension and did not contribute in the past.
- You must also deduct CPP contributions for all employees who are 65 to 70 years of age, unless they choose not to contribute to the CPP by giving you a signed and completed copy of Form CPT30, Election to Stop Contributing to the Canada Pension Plan, or Revocation of a Prior Election. They also have to send the original Form CPT30 to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
- Workers who were at least 65 years of age in 2012, receiving a CPP or QPP retirement pension, and who had chosen to stop contributing to the CPP can start contributing again if they want to, but they have to wait until the next calendar year. They will be able to do so by giving their employer another signed CPT30 and sending the original to the CRA.
- After the month in which they turn 70 years of age, employees can no longer contribute to the CPP.
If you, as the employer, do not deduct or remit CPP contributions to the CRA, you may have to pay your employee's share and your share of the CPP contributions. If you do not remit the contributions to the CRA by the due date, you may also be charged penalties and interest. For more information, go to Payroll and select "Penalties, interest, and other consequences."
For more information about how the changes affect employers, go to the page Changes to the rules for deducting Canada Pension Plan (CPP) contributions.
For tools and information explaining the CPP changes for individuals aged 60 to 70, go to the page Working and aged 60 and over.
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