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Easypay CEWS Report - Update

April 6, 2021

An update is available for Easypay's Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) report.

  • Added claim periods 14, 15 and 16.

The latest patch is available on the Downloads page.

Easypay CEWS Report - Update

January 21, 2021

An update is available for Easypay's Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) report.

  • Added claim periods 11, 12 and 13.

The latest patch is available on the Downloads page.

News about the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy

December 16, 2020

New: Revised 10% TWS Report

Easypay's latest software patch contains a new menu option:
Reports > Wage Subsidies (COVID-19) > 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy - REVISED.

This revised report will only benefit those employers who DID NOT participate in the 75% CEWS subsidy. If you took advantage of the 75% CEWS subsidy, then you do not need to run the revised report for the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy.

If you do print the revised report, compare it to what you have already claimed for the 10% Temporary Wage Susidy to determine if you are entitled to claim an additional amount. Any additional subsidy amounts can be deducted from the tax collected on your next remittance for 2020.

New: PD27 Report — To help you fill out the PD27 form

You must submit a PD27 form to the CRA if you have taken advantage of the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy, or plan to do so. Details are posted at the CRA website: Reporting the 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy to the CRA.

To help you fill out the PD27 form, the latest software patch includes a new PD27 report:
Reports > Wage Subsidies (COVID-19) > PD27 Form - Report/Export.

This new report provides the information required to complete the PD27 form. It also includes an option to create an XML file in Easypay that can be imported into the fillable PDF version of the PD27 form. (Instructions on how to import the XML file are displayed when you create the file.) The fillable PD27 form is available at the CRA website: PD27 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy Self-identification Form for Employers.

Please read the instructions on how to submit the PD27 form that are printed on the first page of the form. Simply filling out the fillable form does not deliver it to the CRA.

The CRA encourages you to provide all the information requested on the PD27 form and submit it as soon as possible to avoid receiving a discrepancy notice at the end of the year. You do not need to wait until you file your T4 information return.

The latest patch is available on the Downloads page.

January 2021 Update

December 16, 2020

January 2021 Update

The January 2021 Update was mailed out on December 9, 2020 to all registered customers.

Alberta - General Holiday Pay

November 10, 2020

A new version of Easypay's Statutory Holiday Report for Alberta is included in the latest patch, which is available on the Downloads page.

IMPORTANT!
In order to use the new version of the Alberta statutory holiday report, you will need to enter the DAYS WORKED when entering timecards.

  • Please start doing this as soon as possible so that you are able to use the new report for holidays that occur after November 1, 2020.
  • Please click the Help button on Easypay's timecard entry window for details on how to enter the days worked.

Alberta is introducing new rules for calculating general holiday pay, effective November 1, 2020.

  • Employers will not need to include vacation pay and general holiday pay in the average daily wage calculation.
  • Average daily wage will be the employee’s total wages averaged over the number of days they worked in the:
    • 4 weeks immediately before the general holiday, or
    • 4 weeks ending on the last day of the pay period that occurred just before the general holiday
  • Link: Government of Alberta: Restoring balance in Alberta’s workplaces

New T4 Reporting Requirements

September 22, 2020

For the 2020 tax year, the Canada Revenue Agency will be introducing additional reporting for the T4 slip. Codes 57, 58, 59 and 60 are being added to report employment income during COVID-19 pay periods.

We are updating the software so that Easypay will automatically calculate and enter the amounts for codes 57 to 60 as it generates the 2020 T4 slips during the Close Year step. The software update will be included in Easypay's January 2021 Update, which will be available in mid-December.

Link: Canada Revenue Agency - New T4 reporting requirements

Easypay CEWS Report - Updated Version

August 20, 2020

An update is available for Easypay's Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) report.

  • Updated the export file to be compatible with newer versions of the CRA speadsheets.
  • Added a new export file option: On leave with pay (Yes or No).
  • Added new options to select pre-crisis pay periods from 2019 or 2020.
  • After installing the patch, the wage subsidy reports will be the second item in the Reports menu.
  • Please read this guide: How to use Easypay's Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) report / export

The latest patch is available on the Downloads page.

July 1, 2020 Update for B.C. and Yukon

June 25, 2020

If you are an employer that has B.C. or Yukon employees, a July 1, 2020 software update is available.

Wait until your last pay period of JUNE 2020 has been CLOSED/POSTED before installing the update.

The update is available on the Downloads page.

  • BRITISH COLUMBIA:
    A new top marginal rate of 20.5% is being introduced for British Columbia tax filers with incomes over $220,000.
  • YUKON:
    The Yukon Basic Personal Amount has been changed.
    After your last pay period of JUNE 2020 has been CLOSED/POSTED and you have installed the update, follow the instructions on the Downloads page for updating the Yukon TD1 amounts.
  • ALL OTHER PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES:
    There are NO changes.
    The July 1, 2020 software update is OPTIONAL. It is only required for employers that have B.C. or Yukon employees.

Federal Wage Subsidies

May 8, 2020

IMPORTANT!  UPDATED CRA GUIDELINES:
Prorating bi-weekly pay periods that do not align with the CRA's 75% wage subsidy claim periods DOES NOT appear to be an acceptable approach according to the CRA.

The CRA updated their guidelines after we released the Easypay 75% emergency wage subsidy report. The option to prorate pay periods was originally included in this report based on suggestions made by accountants that we had spoken to prior to the CRA's updated guidelines.
Here is part of what the CRA's updated guidelines say:
"If an employer’s payroll cycle does not align with the wage subsidy for the claim periods, they will have to do a manual calculation to reflect the remuneration paid in respect of that claim period. Employers will not be permitted to use an average of the daily wages paid. The eligible remuneration reported on an employer’s wage subsidy application must reflect the actual amount paid in respect of the claim period."
PLEASE READ paragraphs 26-1 and 26-2 at this link: CRA - Frequently asked questions - Canada emergency wage subsidy

Easypay software patches 2.20.06 and 2.20.07 include two new reports that can be used to help calculate the 10% and 75% wage subsidies. The latest patch is available on the Downloads page.
Please note: The CRA's 75% subsidy calculation is based on weeks defined by the CRA as Sunday to Saturday, beginning March 15, 2020. Given the various pay frequencies and time periods allowed in Easypay, the usefulness of the new 75% wage subsidy report will depend upon your particular payroll setup.

A few details about the subsidies:

  • For employers that are eligible for both subsidies, any benefit from the 10% wage subsidy for remuneration paid in a specific period would generally reduce the amount available to be claimed under the 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy in that same period.
  • 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy
    • A three-month measure that allows eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the CRA.
    • Subsidy is equal to 10% of the remuneration you pay from March 18, 2020 to June 19, 2020, up to $1,375 for each eligible employee and to a maximum of $25,000 total per employer.
    • Details and eligibility: Canada Revenue Agency: 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy FAQ
  • 75% Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
    • The subsidy is available to eligible employers that see a drop of at least 15 per cent of their revenue in March 2020 and 30 per cent for the following months.
    • Eligible businesses can apply for CEWS through the CRA’s My Business Account portal.
    • Details and eligibility: Canada Revenue Agency: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)