Payroll Deductions Tables - CPP, EI, and income tax deductions - British Columbia

T4032-BC(E) Rev. 13

This publication uses plain language to explain the most common tax situations. If you need more help, contact your tax services office.


Table of contents

Section A

Section B

  • Canada Pension Plan Contributions Tables
    • Weekly (52 pay periods)
    • Biweekly (26 pay periods)
    • Semi-monthly (24 pay periods)
    • Monthly (12 pay periods)

Section C

  • Employment Insurance Premiums Table

Section D

  • Federal Tax Deductions Tables
    • Weekly (52 pay periods)
    • Biweekly (26 pay periods)
    • Semi-monthly (24 pay periods)
    • Monthly (12 pay periods)

Section E

  • Provincial Tax Deductions Tables
    • Weekly (52 pay periods)
    • Biweekly (26 pay periods)
    • Semi-monthly (24 pay periods)
    • Monthly (12 pay periods)

What's new as of January 1, 2013

The major changes made to this publication since the last edition are outlined.

This publication reflects some income tax changes recently announced which, if enacted as proposed, would be effective January 1, 2013. At press time, some of these proposals had not yet become law. We recommend that you use the new payroll deductions tables in this publication for withholding starting with the first payroll in January 2013.

There is no change to the federal income tax rates for 2013.

The federal income tax thresholds have been indexed for 2013.

The federal Canada employment credit has been indexed to $1,117 for 2013.

The federal basic personal amount, the spouse or common-law partner amount and the amount for an eligible dependant have been indexed to $11,038 for 2013.

There is no change to the British Columbia income tax rates for 2013.

The British Columbia tax reduction for 2013 has been indexed.

The provincial income thresholds have been indexed for 2013.

Payroll Deductions Tables

You can download Publications T4008, Payroll Deductions Supplementary Tables, and T4032, Payroll Deductions Tables, from our Web page at www.cra.gc.ca/payroll. You can also choose to print only the pages or information that you need.

Publication T4032, Payroll Deductions Tables, is also available on CD for use on any computer with or without Internet access. You can order a copy at www.cra.gc.ca/orderforms or by calling 1-800-959-2221.

Paper copies remain available for employers who do not use a computer. To get a copy, call us at 1-800-959-2221.

Payroll Deductions Online Calculator

For your 2013 payroll deductions, you can use our Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC). The online calculator makes it easier to calculate payroll deductions. PDOC is available at www.cra.gc.ca/pdoc.

PDOC calculates your payroll deductions. It calculates deductions for any pay period, province (except Quebec) and territory. The calculation is based on exact salary figures.

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Who should use this publication?

This publication is intended for the employer and the payer. It contains tables for federal and provincial tax deductions, CPP contributions and EI premiums. It will help you determine the payroll deductions for your employees or pensioners.

For more information on deducting, remitting, and reporting payroll deductions, see the following employers' guides:

  • T4001, Employers' Guide – Payroll Deductions and Remittances
  • T4130, Employers' Guide – Taxable Benefits and Allowances
  • RC4110, Employee or Self-employed?
  • RC4120, Employers' Guide – Filing the T4 Slip and Summary
  • RC4157, Deducting Income Tax on Pension and Other Income, and Filing the T4A Slip and Summary
These guides are available on our Web site at www.cra.gc.ca. You can also get the guides by completing the order form available on our Web site or by calling 1-800-959-2221.

Note
You may want to keep the 2012 edition of Payroll Deductions Tables until the end of 2013. That edition may help you to resolve any pensionable and insurable earnings review (PIER) deficiencies that we identify in processing your 2012 T4 return.

What if your pay period is not in this publication?

This publication contains the most common pay periods: weekly, biweekly (every two weeks), semi-monthly, and monthly. If you have unusual pay periods, such as daily (240 working days), or 10, 13, or 22 pay periods a year, see the Publication T4008, Payroll Deductions Supplementary Tables, or the Payroll Deductions Online Calculator (PDOC) to determine tax deductions.

Which provincial or territorial tax table should you use?

Before you decide which tax table to use, you have to determine your employee's province or territory of employment. This depends on whether or not you require the employee to report for work at your place of business.

If the employee reports for work at your place of business, the province or territory of employment is considered to be the province or territory where your business is located.

To withhold payroll deductions, use the tax table for that province or territory of employment.

If you do not require the employee to report for work at your place of business, the province or territory of employment is the province or territory in which your business is located and from which you pay your employee's salary.

For more information and examples, see Chapter 1, "General Information," in Guide T4001, Employers' Guide – Payroll Deductions and Remittances.

Federal tax for 2013

Indexing for 2013

For 2013, the federal income thresholds, the personal amounts and the Canada employment credit have been increased based on changes in the consumer price index.

The federal indexing factor for January 1, 2013 is 2%. The tax credits corresponding to the claim codes in the tables have been indexed accordingly. Employees will automatically receive the indexing increase, whether or not they file Form TD1, 2013 Personal Tax Credits Return.

Tax rates and income thresholds

For 2013, the tax rates and income thresholds are as follows:

Chart 1 – 2013 federal tax rates and income thresholds
Annual taxable income ($)
From – To
Federal tax rate (%)
R
Constant ($)
K
0.00 to 43,561.00 15% 0
43,561.01 to 87,123.00 22% 3,049
87,123.01 to 135,054.00 26% 6,534
135,054.01 and over 29% 10,586

Canada employment credit

The non-refundable Canada employment amount is built into the federal payroll deductions tables. The federal Canada employment amount is the lesser of:

  • $1,117; and
  • the individual's employment income for the year.

The maximum annual non-refundable tax credit is $167.55.

Pension income is not eligible for this credit. If you are paying pension income, use the Payroll Deductions Online Calculator to find the tax deduction.

Personal amounts

Most of the federal personal amounts for 2013 are revised.

Basic personal amount $ 11,038

Spouse or common-law partner amount $ 11,038

Amount for an eligible dependant $ 11,038

For more detailed information on the personal amounts, see Form TD1.

Provincial tax for 2013

Provincial indexing for 2013

For 2013, the provincial income thresholds and the British Columbia tax reduction are indexed. They have been increased based on changes in the consumer price index.

The indexing factor for January 1, 2013, is 1.5%. The tax credits corresponding to the claim codes in the tables have been indexed accordingly. Employees will automatically receive the indexing increase, whether or not they file Form TD1BC, 2013 British Columbia Personal Tax Credits Return.

Tax rates and income thresholds

For 2013, the provincial’s tax rates and income thresholds are revised as follows:

Chart 2 – British Columbia tax rates and income thresholds
Annual taxable income ($)
From – To
Provincial tax rate (%)
V
Constant ($)
KP
0.00 to 37,568.00 5.06% 0
37,568.01 to 75,138.00 7.70% 992
75,138.01 to 86,268.00 10.50% 3,096
86,268.01 to 104,754.00 12.29% 4,640
104,754.01 and over 14.70% 7,164

British Columbia tax reduction

For 2013, British Columbia's tax reduction has been revised as follows:

  • Taxes payable will be reduced by up to $409 for individuals with annual income of $18,181 or less.
  • Individuals with an annual income between $18,181 and $30,962.25 will be eligible for a partial reduction.
  • The reduction of $409 will be decreased by 3.2% of income above $18,181, resulting in a nil reduction for an annual income of $30,962.25 or more.

There is no need to apply for the British Columbia tax reduction. Individuals that are eligible will see the benefit in their paycheques or pension benefits through a lower withholding of British Columbia personal income tax.

Personal amounts

For 2013 most of the provincial non‑refundable personal tax credits are revised.

Basic personal amount $ 10,276

Spouse or common-law partner amount $ 8,860

Amount for an eligible dependant $ 8,860

For more detailed information on the personal amounts, see Form TD1BC, 2013 British Columbia Personal Tax Credits Return.

Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI)

CPP contributions for 2013

Maximum pensionable earnings $51,100

Annual basic exemption $3,500

Maximum contributory earnings $47,600

Contribution rate (%) 4.95

Maximum employee contribution $2,356.20

Maximum employer contribution $2,356.20

You stop deducting CPP when the employee reaches the maximum contribution for the year.

Note
As an employer, you have to remit these deductions along with your share of CPP contributions.

For more information, see Chapter 2, "Canada Pension Plan contributions," in Guide T4001, Employer's Guide – Payroll Deductions and Remittances.

EI premiums for 2013

Maximum annual insurable earnings $47,400

Premium rate (%) 1.88

Maximum annual employee premium $891.12

You stop deducting EI when the employee reaches the maximum annual premium.

Note
As an employer, you have to remit these deductions along with your share of EI premiums.

For more information, see Chapter 3, "Employment Insurance premiums," in Guide T4001, Employer's Guide – Payroll Deductions and Remittances.

Personal tax credits returns (TD1 forms)

You may have to ask your employees or your pensioners to complete a federal and a provincial personal tax credits return using a federal Form TD1 and a provincial Form TD1.

For more information, see Chapter 5, "Deducting income tax," in Guide T4001, Employers' Guide – Payroll Deductions and Remittances.

Claim codes

The total personal amount an employee claims on a TD1 form will determine which claim code you use. For 2013, the claim amounts that correspond to the federal claim codes are not the same as the claim amounts that correspond to the provincial claim codes. See Chart 3 and Chart 4.

Explanation of claim codes

Claim code 0

This code represents no claim amount allowed. If the federal claim code is "0" because the employee is a non-resident, the provincial claim code must also be "0."

Claim codes 1 to 10

The claim code amounts do not appear on either the federal or the provincial TD1 form.

You match the "Total claim amount" reported on your employee's or pensioner's TD1 forms with the appropriate claim codes. Then, you look up the tax for the employee's pay under the claim code in the federal and provincial tax tables for the pay period.

Indexing of claim codes amounts

The credits that apply to each federal and provincial claim code have been automatically increased in the tax tables by the indexing factor for the current year. If your employee did not complete the federal and provincial TD1 forms for 2013, you continue to deduct income tax using the same claim code that you used last year.

Chart 3 – 2013 federal claim codes
Total claim amount ($) Claim code
No claim amount 0
11,038.00 1
11,038.01 to 13,147.00 2
13,147.01 to 15,256.00 3
15,256.01 to 17,365.00 4
17,365.01 to 19,474.00 5
19,474.01 to 21,583.00 6
21,583.01 to 23,692.00 7
23,692.01 to 25,801.00 8
25,801.01 to 27,910.00 9
27,910.01 to 30,019.00 10
30,019.01 and over X
The employer has to calculate the tax manually
No withholding E
Chart 4 – 2013 British Columbia claim codes
Total claim amount ($) Claim code
No claim amount 0
10,276.00 1
10,276.01 to 12,495.00 2
12,495.01 to 14,714.00 3
14,714.01 to 16,933.00 4
16,933.01 to 19,152.00 5
19,152.01 to 21,371.00 6
21,371.01 to 23,590.00 7
23,590.01 to 25,809.00 8
25,809.01 to 28,028.00 9
28,028.01 to 30,247.00 10
30,247.01 and over X
The employer has to calculate the tax manually
No withholding E

Form TD1X, Statement of Commission Income and Expenses for Payroll Tax Deductions

If your employees want you to adjust their tax deductions to allow for commission expenses, they have to complete Form TD1X, Statement of Commission Income and Expenses for Payroll Tax Deductions.

You deduct tax from your employees' commission pay using the "Total claim amount" on their TD1 forms in the following situations:

  • if your employees do not complete a Form TD1X; or
  • if they tell you in writing that they want to cancel a previously completed Form TD1X.

How to use the tables in this publication

Use the tables in this publication to determine the CPP contributions, EI premiums, federal tax, and provincial tax that you will deduct from your employees' remuneration.

CPP tables (Section B)

The annual basic exemption is built into the CPP tables.

  • Find the pages in Section B that correspond to your pay period.
  • To find the range that includes your employee's gross pay (this includes any taxable benefits), look down the "Pay" column.
  • In the shaded column next to the "Pay" column, you will find the CPP contribution that you should withhold from your employee's pay.

EI table (Section C)

  • Find the page in Section C that corresponds to the "Insurable earnings" of your employee.
  • To find the range that includes your employee's insurable earnings, look down the "Insurable earnings" column. When you use the table in this publication to determine the EI premiums, look up the insurable earnings for the period not the gross remuneration.
  • In the shaded column next to the "Insurable earnings" column, you will find the EI premium that you should withhold from your employee's pay.

Tax deductions tables

If you are using the income tax tables in this publication to determine your employees' and pensioners' total tax deductions, you have to look up the amounts in the federal tax table and the provincial tax table.

To determine the total tax you deduct for the pay period, you must add the federal and provincial tax amounts.

Even if the period of employment for which you pay a salary is less than a full pay period, you must continue to use the tax deductions table that corresponds to your regular pay period.

Federal (Section D)

  • Find the pages in Section D that correspond to your pay period.
  • To find the range that corresponds to your employee's taxable income (this includes any taxable benefits), look down the "Pay" column.
  • In the row under the applicable claim code, you will find the amount of federal tax that you should withhold from your employee's pay (for more information, see the section called "Claim codes" and Chart 3).

Provincial (Section E)

  • Find the pages in Section E that correspond to your pay period.
  • To find the range that includes your employee's taxable income (this includes any taxable benefits), look down the "Pay" column.
  • In the row under the applicable claim code, you will find the amount of provincial tax that you should withhold from your employee's pay (for more information, see the section called "Claim codes" and Chart 4).

Example

You are an employer in British Columbia. Sara, your employee, earns $1,815 a week in 2013. She has a federal claim code 1 and a provincial claim code 1.

To determine Sara's federal tax deductions, you look at the weekly federal tax deductions table and find the range for her weekly salary, which is 1804-1820. The federal tax deductions for $1,815 weekly under claim code 1 is $301.05.

To determine Sara's provincial tax deductions, you use the weekly provincial tax deductions table. In the British Columbia tax deductions table, the provincial tax deduction for $1,815 weekly under claim code 1 is $121.05.

Sara's total tax deduction is $422.10 ($301.05 + $121.05). This amount of taxes will be included in your remittance to us.

Additional information about payroll deductions

Deducting tax from income not subject to CPP contributions or EI premiums

We have built the tax credits for CPP contributions and EI premiums into the federal and provincial tax deductions tables in this publication. However, certain types of income, such as pension income, are not subject to CPP contributions and EI premiums. As a result, you will have to adjust the amount of federal and provincial income tax you are deducting.

To determine the amount of tax to deduct from income not subject to CPP contributions or EI premiums, use the Payroll Deductions Online Calculator, available at www.cra.gc.ca/pdoc. On the "Salary calculation" and/or on the "Commission calculation" screen, go to Step 3 and select the "CPP exempt" and/or "EI exempt" option before clicking on the "Calculate" button.

Step-by-step calculation of tax deductions

You can use the following step-by-step calculations to calculate the tax deductions for any employee or pensioner who earns more than the maximum amounts included in the tax deductions tables.

The example shows you how to determine the amount of tax to deduct from all income.

However, if you design your own payroll program or spreadsheets to calculate tax deductions, do not use either of these calculations. Instead, see Publication T4127, Payroll Deductions Formulas for Computer Programs.

Example Tax to deduct for all income

This example applies to a person who earns $1,100 weekly and contributes $80 to a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP).

This person claims the basic personal amount.

Calculate annual taxable income

Description Sub-amounts   Amounts
(1) Gross remuneration for the pay period (weekly)     $ 1,100.00
(2) Minus      
- the other amounts authorized by a tax services office 0.00    
- the RRSP contributions* 80.00 80.00
* This amount has to be deducted at source.      
* Note
If you have an employee you paid by commission, subtract the total expenses reported on Form TD1X from the gross remuneration reported on Form TD1X if applicable.
     
(3) Net remuneration for the pay period (line 1 minus line 2)     $ 1,020.00
(4) Annual net income ($1,020 × 52 weeks)     $ 53,040.00
(5) Minus the annual deduction for living in a prescribed zone, reported
on the federal Form TD1
  n/a
(6) Annual taxable income (line 4 minus line 5)     $ 53,040.00

Calculate federal tax

Description   Sub-amounts   Amounts
(7) Multiply the amount on line 6 by the federal tax rate based on Chart 1     × 0.22
        $ 11,668.80
(8) Minus the federal constant based on the annual taxable income on line 6 (see Chart 1 )     3,049.00
(9) Federal tax (line 7 minus line 8)       8,619.80
(10) Minus the federal tax credits:        
- the total of personal tax credit amounts reported on the federal Form TD1   $ 11,038.00    
- the CPP contributions for the pay period multiplied by the number of pay periods in the year (annual maximum $2,356.20)*   2,356.20    
- the EI premiums for the pay period multiplied by the number of pay periods in the year (annual maximum $891.12)*   891.12    
- the Canada employment credit (annual maximum $1,117.00)   1,117.00    
Total   15,402.32    
*Note
When the maximum CPP contributions or EI premiums for the year is reached, use the maximum amount for later  calculations
       
(11) Multiply the total on line 10 by the lowest federal tax rate for the year. × 0.15    
(12) Total federal tax credits     $ 2,310.35
(13) Total federal tax payable for the year (line 9 minus line 12)       $ 6,309.45

Calculate provincial tax

Description   Sub-amounts   Amounts
(14) Basic provincial tax for British Columbia:
Multiply the amount on line 6 by the provincial tax rate based on Chart 2
      $ 4,084.08
(15) Minus the provincial constant based on the annual taxable income on line 6 (see Chart 2)     992.00
(16) Provincial tax on income for British Columbia (line 14 minus line 15)       $ 3,092.08
(17) Minus the provincial tax credits:        
- the total of personal tax credit amounts reported on Form TD1BC   $ 10,276.00    
- the CPP contributions for the pay period multiplied by the number of pay periods in the year (annual maximum $2,356.20)*   2,356.20    
the EI premiums for the pay period multiplied by the number of pay periods in the year (annual maximum $891.12)*   891.12    
Total   $ 13,523.32    
* Note
When the maximum CPP contributions or EI premiums for the year is reached, use the maximum amount for later calculations
       
(18) Multiply the total on line 17 by the lowest provincial tax rate for the year. × 0.0506    
(19) Total provincial tax credits     684.28
(20) Provincial tax payable before reduction (line 16 minus line 19)       $ 2,407.80
(21) Minus the British Columbia tax reduction:        
- where net income (line 4) is less than or equal to $18,181, the tax reduction is $409        
- where net income (line 4) is greater than $18,181 and less than or equal to $30,962.25, the tax reduction is $409 minus 3.2% of the income greater than $18,181        
- where net income (line 4) is greater than $30,962.25, the tax reduction is $0     $ 0.00
(22) Total provincial tax payable for the year (line 20 minus line 21)       $ 2,407.80

Calculate total tax and the tax deduction for the pay period

Description Sub-amounts Amounts
(23) Total federal and provincial tax deductions for the year (line 13 plus line 22).
If the result is negative, substitute $0.
  $ 8,717.25
(24) Tax deduction for the pay period:
Divide the amount on line 23 by the number of pay periods in the year (52).
  $ 167.64

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