How a T5 Slip Should Be Prepared

How a T5 Slip Should Be Prepared

The main purpose of a T5 slip is to pinpoint the various types of investment income that Canadian residents need to include in their overall income tax and benefit returns. If you’re someone who typically disburses investment income payments to a Canadian resident or if you receive such payments as an agent or nominee for a resident of Canada, it’s your responsibility to compile the T5 information return. 

What is a T5 Slip?

A T5 slip is a tax document used in Canada to report various types of investment income that Canadian residents must include in their overall income tax and benefit returns. This slip is crucial for individuals or entities that make investment income payments to Canadian residents or receive such payments as agents or nominees for Canadian residents. 

The T5 slip helps identify and categorize different types of investment income, providing the necessary information for accurate reporting to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It is an essential component of the Canadian tax system, ensuring that individuals and businesses fulfil their tax obligations related to investment income.

Things to pay attention to

  • Self-Explanatory, Mostly: In general, your T5 is pretty straightforward. However, there are certain investment products that might make you scratch your head a bit when it comes to understanding how interest is reported.
  • Special Cases – Escalator GICs: Take Escalator Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs), for instance. These products earn and receive interest annually based on a stepped interest rate, meaning the interest rate goes up each year on the anniversary date. They come in 3- or 5-year options.
  • Average Rate of Return Reporting: For T5 reporting, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires interest to be reported annually based on the average rate of return for the entire term, not the actual interest received in a given year.

In simpler terms, your T5 may show a higher interest amount in the initial years of your Escalator GIC term. But, if you hold it till maturity, the overall interest earned will even out. If you redeem your Escalator early on an anniversary date, your T5 will be adjusted the following year to reflect this change.

So, when dealing with your T5, just keep an eye out for these nuances, especially if you have unique investment products like Escalator GICs in your portfolio.

What Payments Are Included in The T5 Slip?

The T5 slip includes all eligible dividends, including deemed dividends, and various types of interest. Interest sources encompass fully registered debentures or bonds, funds deposited with different entities, annuity contracts or insurance policies with interest paid by the insurer, accounts with investment brokers, and compensation owed for expropriated property.

Additional payments covered by the T5 slip involve:

  1. Interest deemed to accrue due to the assignment or transfer of associated notes.
  2. Specific amounts distributed from an eligible funeral plan.
  3. Amounts indicated in a policyholder’s income under section 12.2.
  4. Blended capital and income payments from various entities.
  5. Royalties related to the use of inventions, works, or natural resource rights.

It’s worth noting that for investment contracts signed before 1990, accrued interest must be reported every three years unless annual reporting is chosen. For contracts signed after 1989, annual reporting of accrued interest is mandatory. Understanding these details is crucial when preparing your T5 slip for accurate reporting.

Steps to Prepare a T5 Slip

  1. Recipient Information: Fill in the recipient’s full name and address on the T5 slip. The recipient is the individual who is receiving the dividend or payment.
  1. Payer’s Information: Provide the payer’s (your corporation’s) name and address. This identifies the entity making the dividend or payment.
  1. Year of Receipt: Clearly specify the year in which the dividend or payment was received. This ensures accurate reporting for the tax year, for example, 2019.
  1. Eligibility Determination: Determine whether the dividend paid is eligible or non-eligible. Eligible dividends come from company profits exceeding $500,000, while non-eligible dividends are paid for profits below this threshold.
  1. Dividend Count for the Year: In box 24 (for eligible dividends) or box 10 (for non-eligible dividends), indicate the number of dividends acquired in the calendar year (from Jan 1st to Dec 31st).
  1. Taxable Dividend Calculation: In box 11, calculate the number of taxable dividends. This is done by multiplying the actual dividend amount by a factor (1.17). Note that you will report the taxable dividend amount in your personal tax return.
  1. Dividends Tax Credit: Enter the dividends tax credit amount in box 12. This credit helps reduce the overall tax liability associated with the received dividends.
  1. T5 Summary Completion: Complete the T5 summary. This summary consolidates all the amounts reported in the T5 slip. If your company issues multiple T5 slips, indicating the year and your corporation’s business number on the T5 summary form is crucial.

By following these detailed steps, you ensure accurate and compliant preparation of the T5 slip, contributing to a smooth tax reporting process.

Understanding the T5 Summary

The T5 Summary comes into play when you’re filing your client’s T5 slips on paper. Here’s the lowdown:

  • Paper Filing Requirement: If you’re opting for the traditional paper filing method for your client’s T5 slips, you’ll need to complete and file the T5 Summary. It’s a condensed form that consolidates the information reported on individual T5 slips.
  • What Goes In: The T5 Summary should only include amounts that have been reported on the individual T5 slips. It acts as a summary of the total financial activity across all T5 slips you’re submitting.
  • Electronic Filing Exemption: If you’re going the electronic route for submitting client returns, you can skip the T5 Summary. It’s specifically for those handling the paperwork version of T5 slip submissions.

So, to sum it up, if you’re into the old-school paper filing for T5 slips, the T5 Summary is your go-to tool to compile and report the necessary financial details. If you’re embracing the electronic era, no need to worry about this summary form – it’s not in the digital filing playbook.


How do I get a T5 tax slip?

To obtain a T5 tax slip, you should contact the financial institution or entity that manages your investment or financial accounts. Typically, banks, investment firms, or other financial organizations issue T5 slips to account holders. Make sure your contact information with the institution is up to date to ensure timely delivery.

What is the T5 for a joint account?

For a joint account, each account holder may receive a T5 tax slip based on their share of the investment income earned on the joint funds. The financial institution will issue individual T5 slips to each account holder, reflecting their portion of the income. It’s important for joint account holders to communicate and coordinate on reporting this income accurately in their tax returns.

What is a T5 slip for?

A T5 slip is used to report various types of investment income that Canadian residents must include in their overall income tax and benefit returns. It identifies and categorizes income such as interest, dividends, and other payments received from non-registered investments. Individuals use the information on the T5 slip to accurately report their investment income to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) during the tax filing process.

How to make a T5?

Creating a T5 slip involves accurate reporting of investment income, and this task is typically handled by financial institutions. As an individual, you do not “make” a T5; instead, you receive it from the institution where you hold your investments. If you are a business or financial institution required to issue T5 slips, it’s essential to follow the guidelines provided by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for accurate and compliant reporting.