Ontario Payroll Instructions

Ontario uses a 'step' table for income tax withholding calculations. The tax table calculates different rates for each range of payroll wages. Tax withholding formulas are indexed for inflation, so they changed in 2017, as they do every year.

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HINT-- Turtle Creek Software provides free annual updates for Canadian federal and Ontario provincial tax withholding rates.

Employee Dependents

In order to calculate the provincial taxes correctly for your employees, you must enter into each employee’s account the sum of the number of dependents under age 18 and the number of dependents with disabilities. Enter this value in the Local Exemptions field in each employee ’s account.

Ontario Provincial LCP

The LCP program has been restored, although most employees probably will not use it.

If your employees take a credit for the Ontario labour-sponsored funds tax credit (LCP), create a tax item for their credit amount. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Payroll Setup from the Costs menu, and choose Tax Items from the submenu.
  2. Click the New button.
  3. Call the Tax Item "Ontario LCP" plus the employee's name.
  4. Enter Direct Dollars into the Calculation Method popup field.
  5. Type in the amount of the credit-- take the lesser of $750 or 15% of the purchase value of approved venture capital corporation stock, and divide by the number of pay periods.
  6. Click on the Tax Type popup field and choose Employee Credit.
  7. Click OK.

You'll also need to assign the LCP credit to the employee. Follow these steps:

  1. Choose Payroll Setup from the Costs menu, and choose Tax Packages from the submenu.
  2. Click the New button.
  3. Put a checkmark next to each tax and credit that applies to this employee (including the LCP).
  4. Click OK.
  5. Choose Employees from the Accounts menu.
  6. Use the Find command to locate the employee record.
  7. Click the Payroll Setup button.
  8. Click in the Tax Package field and enter the tax package that you just created.
  9. Click OK.

If several employees use different amounts for LCP, each one will require a separate Tax Item record with the correct amount, and a tax package that includes their deduction.

HINT-- Use the Duplicate button in the Tax Item List window to make a copy of the original and edit the amount. Then, create tax packages for each employee (use the Duplicate command) and select the appropriate LCP Tax Item that you created for that employee.

Contact Info

Fax: (613) 957-3619

Toronto Tax Services Office:
1 Front Street West
Toronto ON
M5J 2X6