Tag Archives: non-cash taxable benefits

Are employer paid MSP premiums a cash taxable benefit?

I’ve written about this previously, and that article sparked a few comments and some questions. It seems not everyone agrees with my understanding that employer paid MSP premiums are a cash taxable benefit, subject to EI premiums. The distinction between … Continue reading

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Employer paid BC MSP premiums – cash or non-cash taxable benefit?

British Columbia is the only province in Canada where monthly premiums are used to support the public health care system. In other provinces, either the income tax system and/or an employer payroll tax is used for this purpose. While premiums … Continue reading

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Taxable benefits – cash or non-cash?

Taxable benefits, with one exception, are only insurable earnings for EI premium purposes where these are provided as cash or near-cash. If taxable benefits are non-cash, the general rule is that no EI premiums are due and there is no … Continue reading

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How employee benefits impact GST remittances

One of the oft forgotten topics in payroll is the relationship between employee benefits and federal and/or provincial sales taxes, GST, HST and QST. Here we’ll use the single term GST to refer to all three. Most employee benefits have … Continue reading

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