Set up and manage employer taxes

Devon from Wagepoint
Devon from Wagepoint
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This article covers how to set up, view, and edit employer taxes in Wagepoint.

Employer taxes encompass levies such as the Employer Health Tax (EHT) and Education Tax, which certain provinces impose to support health and education initiatives.

Unlike source deductions (such as CPP, EI, and income taxes), which are remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency, employer taxes are directed to the relevant governing agency overseeing a particular provincial or territorial program.

Set up employer taxes

In this video, I'll show you how to set up employer taxes in Wagepoint using BC EHT as an example. Remittance and reporting capabilities within Wagepoint vary by location.

 

Employer taxes by province/territory

At this time, Wagepoint can support the following employer taxes:

Province / Territory Employer tax Can Wagepoint calculate, remit, and report?
British Columbia British Columbia Employer Health Tax (BC EHT) Not automated. Wagepoint can calculate but not remit.
Clients remit directly to the province.
Manitoba The Health and Post Secondary Education Tax Levy (HE Levy) Not automated. Wagepoint can calculate but not remit.
Clients remit directly to the province.
Newfoundland and Labrador Health and Post Secondary Education Tax (Payroll Tax) Not automated. Wagepoint can calculate but not remit.
Clients remit directly to the province.
Ontario Ontario Employer Health Tax (BC EHT) Partially automated. Wagepoint calculates and remits, but only the client is authorized to complete the report.

 

Explore the additional resources below for more details about how to set up specific employer taxes. If you have people in multiple provinces, be sure to check out each one!

Set up Employer Health Tax for British Columbia (BC EHT) or Employer Health Tax for Ontario (ON EHT)

  • Remittance note: We cannot electronically remit for BC EHT as the Government of British Columbia requires the company to submit documents along with your remittance. We will calculate the taxes but you will be responsible for remitting the amounts. When the company is within 10% of the threshold, an email will go out to remind you that you are close to the threshold.

    Before you start: You must have employees with a province of employment listed as British Columbia (BC) in order to add Employer Health Tax (EHT).

    Set up EHT for British Columbia:

    1. In the navigation menu, go to Settings.
    2. Under Tax Settings, click Employer taxes.
    3. Select British Columbia.
    4. Under What is your exemption threshold?, enter your exemption threshold. Enter 0.00 if none.
    5. Under Year-to-date EHT remittance, enter your year-to-date EHT remittance. Enter 0.00 if none.
    6. Select your EHT rate from the drop-down menu.
    7. Click Save & continue.
  • Before your start: Be sure that you have at least one employee with a province of employment listed as Ontario.

    Remittance note: Wagepoint can calculate and remit ON EHT. Be sure to check the box next to Remit HSF if you would like Wagepoint to file remittances on your behalf. When the company is within 10% of the threshold, an email will go out to remind you that you are close to the threshold.

    Set up Employer Health Tax (EHT) for Ontario:
    1. In the navigation menu, go to Settings.
    2. Under Tax Settings, click Employer taxes.
    3. Select Ontario.
    4. Under What is your exemption threshold?, enter your exemption threshold. Enter 0.00 if none.
    5. Under Year-to-date EHT remittance, enter your year-to-date EHT remittance. Enter 0.00 if none.
    6. Select your EHT rate from the drop-down menu.
    7. Check the box next to Remit EHT if you'd like Wagepoint to calculate and remit ON EHT on your behalf.
    8. Under EHT account number, enter your EHT account number.
    9. Review your Remittance schedule. This section is read-only.
    10. Click Save & continue.

View and edit employer taxes

You can view or edit your employer taxes at any time. Follow the steps below.

    1. In the navigation menu, go to Settings.
    2. Under Tax settings, click Employer taxes.
    3. Select the relevant province to view a summary.

    Provinces will only appear if at least one employee is employed in that province. This tab lists only employer paid taxes. If you have not yet set up employer paid taxes, you'll need to do that first.

    1. In the navigation menu, go to Settings.
    2. Under Tax settings, click Employer taxes.
    3. Select the province, then click Edit.
    4. Make your changes, then click Save & continue.

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