During the trust exam I facilitated this week I learned a few interesting facts that should be noted by anyone with payroll.
Currently the Government has the attitude that if you paid it to the CRA through your payroll account then you must have thought you owed it. It is getting very hard to prove that you mistakenly overpaid and that you should get your money back. I have attended several trust exams lately where we need to spend extra time showing why the PD7As were overpaid. Because of this the government will hold onto the money until you can prove that you should not have paid it, which is more complicated than it sounds.
It being T4 season we need to ensure that exactly what got paid to the CRA is what should have been paid. If you are out by a seemingly small amount you will get extra brown envelopes from the CRA asking why and wanting details.
Overpaying is just as bad as underpaying and can cost you time, money and effort wasted because you did not calculate the PD7A correctly or changed something after the fact.
Get it done right from the beginning and pay exactly what you should be paying- do not throw an extra $100 in so that you will not be short later. Its just bad practice and leads to confusion.
Hire a professional bookkeeper and get the work done right. We at OnyxFire Online can help you with your payroll and T4s. We can navigate the confusing world of taxable benefits and filing T4s and PD7As so that they balance at year end and you do not get those extra brown envelopes. And if you do have an issue- we can talk to your trust examiner for you.