My Writing > TL Full Disclosure (T4's Box 85)

Warning: Your T4 may not be telling the whole story
12 Jan 2008

Originally Published by The TaxLetter Vol. 26, No. 1, January 2008


Full Disclosure
Warning: Your T4 may not be telling the whole story

 Eileen Reppenhagen


Today’s news is distressing. My T4 Summary and a little instruction slip arrive. I quickly scan them. Wait a minute! Why is Box 85 on the T4 is still optional? RC4120 - Filing the T4 Slip and Summary reads as follows: Code 85 – Employee-paid premiums for private health services plans.

An employee can claim, as a qualifying medical expense, premiums paid by the employee to private health services plans. Use of code 85 is optional. If you are not completing code 85, we may ask you to provide supporting documents.

All the other boxes are mandatory except that one. It stands out because it’s the only optional box. I have a vested interest in the success of Box 85. It’s my own personal Box. I lobbied long and hard for that Box. It’s been about eight years since my crusade started with a letter to the federal Department of Finance . . .

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