Clarification on the 75% Wage Subsidy Program

By April 5, 2020 Uncategorized

Clarification on the 75% Wage Subsidy Program
The Canadian Government recently clarified a few points on the 75% wage subsidy.  Here are some of the main points:
*         The purpose is to prevent future job losses and encourage employers to re-hire workers previously laid off
*         Eligible employers are proprietorships, corporations, partnerships, non-profits and registered charities
*         You need to have a decrease in revenue of at least 30% from the previous year’s same month for the following periods:
*         The amount of the subsidy is the greater of 75% of the of remuneration paid up to $847 per week or 75% of the employee’s pre-crisis remuneration up to $847 per week.
*         The above point means that some business may qualify for 100% of their salaries paid up to $847 per week (if they are paying their employees 75% of their wage now($847) and their employees made $1,129.33 weekly pre-crisis).
*         Eligible remuneration is salary, wages and other remuneration (Note: it is unclear if ‘other remuneration’ will include dividends paid from corporations, we are hoping for clarification in the final roll out of information).
*         A special rule for owners (or anyone related to owners): Owner’s eligible remuneration must be based on their pre-crisis weekly remuneration – good news for shareholder employees.
*         Apply through the “My Business” account and another web based application process (more details to come), if you haven’t signed up for a “My Business” account, please follow this link and do so ( https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/e-services-businesses/business-account.html, click “CRA Register” at the bottom of the page and follow the steps)
*         If your revenue is down but not a full 30%, you can still use the 10% wage subsidy program (the new program does not replace it); however, you cannot claim both – it was previously thought that this had been replaced but is, in fact, still available for those have are still operating and have not had a 30% or more drop in revenues.
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Take care,
Tammy Leslie, CPA, CGA, CA
Partner
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