T4A Box Definitions
The following page offers a brief definition of the data required for each box on the T4A.
Box 16 Pension or Superannuation - This box contains the taxable portion of annuity payments made to an employee or retiree from a superannuation or pension plan fund. Also reported in this box are benefits paid periodically from the plan to an employee for services the individual performed while the employee did not reside in the country. If benefits were paid from an unregistered plan or fund an entry should be made to the Footnotes field indicating the box number and dollar amount. In such a case, Code 09 should be entered in the Footnote Code field.
Box 18 Lump Sum Payments - This box contains the taxable portion of single payments from a pension plan or fund or DPSP due to the employee (or former employee) withdrawing from the plan, retiring, or dying. This amount should also include the taxable part of single payments from a pension plan or fund due to changes to the plan, including termination of the plan or fund.
Box 20 Self-Employed Commissions - This box contains the total commissions paid to an independent agent.
Box 22 Income Tax Deducted - This box contains the employee's total federal, provincial (except Québec), and territorial income tax deducted for the year. This box should be left blank if no tax was deducted. Amounts deducted under a garnishee or requirement to pay order for previously assessed tax arrears should not be included.
Box 24 Annuities - This field contains the total annuity payments made under an income averaging annuity contract (IAAC). Also reported in this field is the yearly taxable portion of other annuity payments.
Box 26 Eligible Retiring Allowance - This field contains the total amount of retiring allowances paid that were deemed eligible for tax-free transfer to an RPP or RSPP.
Box 27 Non-eligible Retiring Allowance - This box contains the total amount of retiring allowances that were deemed non-eligible for tax-free transfer to an RPP or RRSP.
Box 28 Other Income - This field contains the aggregate amounts for the following types of payments:
Box 30 Patronage Allocations - This field contains any allocations (in cash or kind) given to individuals for their patronage. This can include: certificates of indebtedness; amounts credited towards the balance a recipient may owe the payer of the patronage; and shares of a corporation that an individual receives because of a patronage payment.
Box 32 Registered Pension Plan Contributions (Past Service) - This box contains the contributions that a former employee made to buy past service, including any installment interest. If there is no longer an employee-employer relationship, the plan administrator usually completes the T4A. This type requires a footnote entry.
Box 34 Pension Adjustment - This field contains the amount of an employee's pension adjustment under a registered plan during a period of leave or reduced service.
Box 36 Pension Plan Registration Number - This box contains registration number the CCRA has issued for the RPP or DPSP in which an employee participates, and which gave rise to the PA you may be reporting. You have to report the pension plan number even if your plan requires only employer contributions. If you made contributions to more than one plan for the employee, enter only the number of the plan under which the employee has the largest PA.
Box 40 RESP Accumulated Income Payments - This field contains RESP accumulated income payments (other than a refund of contributions or an educational assistance payment) if the employer is a promoter of a registered educational savings plan (RESP).
Box 42 RESP Educational Assistance Payments - This field contains RESP educational assistance payments (other than a refund of contributions) paid to or for an individual to assist him or her education at a post-secondary school level -- if the employer is a promoter of an RESP.
Box 46 Charitable Donations - This box contains the amount deducted from the recipients' earnings for donations to registered charities in Canada.
Box 12 Social Insurance Number - This box contains the employee's social insurance number.
Box 38 Footnote - When you enter a written footnote in the Footnote codes and explanation area, you have to enter the corresponding footnote code here in box 38. If there is no written footnote, leave box 38 blank, or enter 00. If you have only one footnote code, record it in box 38. If you have more than one code, enter 13 in box 38. Also record all the relevant codes in the Footnote codes and explanation area at the bottom of the T4A slip.
Box 13 Business Number - This box contains the CCRA business number for which this employee's statutory deductions will be remitted to the CCRA.
Box 14 Recipient's Number - Use this optional box to enter a retiree, an employee, or a payroll number.
Box 61 Patronage Business Number - This box contains the 15-digit BN you use to send the CCRA your recipients' deductions. This number appears in the top left corner of the statement of account that the CCRA sends to you each month.