For many working Canadians, a T4 statement is an important part of filing taxes, as it directly relates to how much income you’ve received. Here’s key information to help you understand where to find your T4, and what the numbers mean.

Key Takeaways
  1. A T4 slip, or Statement of Remuneration Paid, is a document that summarizes all of the money paid by an employer to an employee during a calendar year. 
  2. Most employers send your T4 electronically by February. 
  3. Using Auto-fill my return you can directly import tax slips from the CRA to TurboTax.

What is a T4?

A T4 slip, Statement of Remuneration Paid, is a document that summarizes all of the money paid by an employer to an employee during a calendar year.

Not only does it include how much income you earned, but it also shows how much you have contributed to Employment Insurance (EI), Canada Pension Plan (CPP), and how much tax you’ve already paid for the year (i.e. amounts deducted at source).

How do I get my T4? 

Generally, you receive your T4 from your employer. Your employer has until the end of February to provide your T4 slip by mail, online or in-person. 

More companies have been sending their employees’ digital softcopy of their T4. You might be able to access your T4 slip through your company portal with your employee login. Keep an eye out on your emails or any updates at work to see how to access your T4. 

If you have a CRA My Account, you can access your T4 slips online account as soon as they are filed to CRA by the employer, and usually, these should be available in mid-March. You can also access T4 slips from previous years on your account.

T4 Explained

The T4 can seem a little complex at first, but here’s a quick guide to understand everything on the slip. 

What do the boxes on my T4 mean?

  • Box 12: Social insurance number
  • Box 14: Employment income – Line 101
  • Box 16: Employee’s CPP contributions – Line 30800 and Line 22215
  • Box 17: Employee’s QPP contributions – Line 30800 and Line 22215
  • Box 18: Employee’s EI contributions – Line 31200
  • Box 20: RPP contributions – Line 20700
  • Box 22: Income tax deducted – Line 43700
  • Box 24: EI insurable earnings
  • Box 26: CPP/QPP pensionable earnings 
  • Box 28: CPP/QPP, EI, and PPIP exemptions
  • Box 44: Union Dues – Line 21200
  • Box 46: Charitable donations – Line 34900
  • Box 52: Pension adjustment – Line 20600
  • Box 55: Employee’s PPIP premiums.
    • If you were a resident of Quebec on December 31 of the tax year – Line 31205
    • If you were a resident of a province or territory other than Quebec on December 31 of the tax year – Line 31200
  • Box 56: PPIP insurable earnings
  • Box 42: Employment commissions – Line 10120
  • Box 66: Eligible retiring allowances – Line 13000
  • Box 67: Non-eligible retiring allowances – Line 13000
  • Box 71: Indian (exempt income) – Employment
  • Box 77: Workers’ Compensation Benefits (WCB) repaid to the employer – Line 22900
  • Box 85: Employee-paid premiums for Private Health Services Plans (PHSPs) – Line 33099

In this interview, Melissa Grelo, co-host of CTV’s The Social Today, sits down with TurboTax in-house tax expert Susan Watkin to walk through the T4 in detail.

Did you know that if you have a CRA My Account, you can use Auto-fill my return to directly import tax slips from the CRA to TurboTax? Here’s how.

What if there’s a mistake on my T4? 

Mistakes can happen on T4s. If you suspect yours has an error, you should get in touch with your employer. If they do not correct the error by the time your taxes are due, you must complete your taxes as an estimate and fix them later, if necessary.

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