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Employer Health Tax for Employers Changes as of January 1, 2014


Richard Weber on January 8, 2014 in Advice for Business Owners
Guide for Employers
Employers have to pay Employer Health Tax (EHT) on the total Ontario remuneration paid to employees and former employees who: 
  • report for work at a permanent establishment of the employer in Ontario
  • do not report for work at any permanent establishment of the employer, but are paid from the employer’s permanent establishment in Ontario.  
Tax exemption rules
Effective January 1, 2014, in general, eligible employers are exempt from EHT on the first $450,000 of total Ontario remuneration. The exemption is eliminated for employers and associated employer groups with total Ontario remuneration over $5 million.
  • Eligible employers who are associated must allocate the exemption among members of the associated group.
  • Employers with total Ontario remuneration in excess of $600,000 must remit monthly instalments. Otherwise, they do not have to pay monthly instalments and can make their EHT payment with their annual return. Before January 1, 2014, eligible employers were exempt from EHT on the first $400,000 of total Ontario remuneration each year. There was no exemption threshold.

For more informatioin, visit:  http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/publication/eht-guide-for-employers-en.pdf

If you have any questions regarding EHT, contact Richard Rizzo, Tax Principal at (905) 633-6332 or email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).