November 1, 2017
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Until recently, your employer was required to mail your T4 slips (reporting your employment income, taxes withheld, etc.). Your employer could provide them by electronic means, but only if you had previously consented.

Effective for the 2017 taxation year – for which T4 slips must be issued by the end of February 2018 – an employer can issue the slips electronically to current employees without their consent, but only through a secure system, not by general Internet email. The employer will not be able to issue a T4 electronically if the employee specifically requests paper copies, or if the employee “cannot reasonably be expected to have access to the information return in electronic format”. These changes were first announced in the 2017 Federal Budget.

This letter summarizes recent tax developments and tax planning opportunities from a third-party affiliate; however, we recommend that you consult with an expert before embarking on any of the suggestions contained in this blog post, which are appropriate to your own specific requirements. Please feel free to get in touch with Lee & Sharpe to discuss anything detailed above, we would be pleased to help.
Douglas K. DeBeck

Hello, my name is Douglas K. DeBeck, I am a partner at Lee & Sharpe.

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